Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse - but the rest of the world isn’t listening | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse - but the rest of the world isn’t listening

Today, Iceland tops the European table for the cleanest-living teens. The percentage of 15- and 16-year-olds who had been drunk in the previous month plummeted from 42 per cent in 1998 to 5 per cent in 2016. The percentage who have ever used cannabis is down from 17 per cent to 7 per cent. Those smoking cigarettes every day fell from 23 per cent to just 3 per cent.

The way the country has achieved this turnaround has been both radical and evidence-based, but it has relied a lot on what might be termed enforced common sense. “This is the most remarkably intense and profound study of stress in the lives of teenagers that I have ever seen,” says Milkman. “I’m just so impressed by how well it is working.”

If it was adopted in other countries, Milkman argues, the Icelandic model could benefit the general psychological and physical wellbeing of millions of kids, not to mention the coffers of healthcare agencies and broader society. It’s a big if.

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Can't have that

MaiziD

If Iceland's method of teen substance abuse was adopted in other countries, who do you think would buy the drugs?
I mean, really - we can't have that.

More government BS.....

Ethan Allen and...

and government programs. We used to have curfews for kids here in the USA.

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