“Children should see the horrors of drug use.”
Mother of a 14-year old daughter, Julie Rusciolelli, recently wrote a piece for the Huffington Post in which she makes the argument, like cigarette cartons, illegal drugs should come with graphic photos.
While not really a possibility, she feels it’s important to show youth the heinous side of drug use.
“As a concerned mother, I would love her to see the ravages of what drugs actually do. So that was the impetus of it. This isn’t a new concept. Tactics on anti-drugs and ad campaigns have been happening in the 70s and 80s and there has been some great stuff out of the U.S. for people with meth and crack addictions.”
Rusciolelli says kids must be shown the heinous side of drug use.
“We know that images work, we just have to get we just got to get it out them in a very provocative, evocative way that speaks to them.”
Ruscioelli says the group of kids between 12-18 years old is very susceptible; they are on social and online and we’re having a hard time talking to them.
The father of a 17-year old boy, who died last week, spoke about the use of fentanyl being similar to Russian roulette.
Rusciolelli was speaking with CKNW’s Jill Bennett Sunday morning.