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The trials and tribulations of Lindsay Lohan and her family have gained the attention of many Americans. Her problems leak of out mere gossip rags and into legitimate news outlets. While these headlines are attention grabbing, are the actions all that rare? Has Lindsay Lohan become a symbol of the new American morality? Are lecherous, blood-sucking, fame-whoring, felonious parents the teachers of behavior and ethics for today’s children, teens, and young adults? Only time can answer these questions. In the mean time, the United States government continues to publish and distributed a variety of documents, books, posters, and pamphlets aimed at educating teenagers and young adults about the dangers of drinking, drugs, and sex, and aims to create strong, caring families. This short bibliography aims to review many kinds of publications with many messages. Some are coldly statistical, while others encourage a dialogue between teenagers, their peers, their parents, and other informed adults. By advocating these publications in the light of Ms. Lohan’s troubled life, perhaps today’s youth will begin to forge their own decisions again and consider the full effects of their behavior.
HE 20.8202:T14 “Let’s Talk About Drug Abuse” 1979 Book 40 p. While dated, this remains a comprehensive guide to most drugs still available in the US today, save Quaaludes (RIP). Explains effects, dangers, street names, and chemical names of drugs, and includes address of state agencies that combat drug abuse. Also, includes a before and after quiz confronting stereotypes and misconceptions about drug use in teens.
T 17.2:D 84/5 “Drug Abuse – It’s Painful Price – You Can Help!” 1985 Pamphlet Informative pamphlet explains effects drug abuse has on all Americans including higher taxes, psychological problems, rising medical costs, wasted potential, disrupted families, violence, and moral decay. All these issues have affected Ms. Lohan. Explains how drug abuse permeates through all social, economic, and professional classes. HE 20.8202:St5 “Stimulants and Cocaine” 1984 Pamphlet Overview on the effects of amphetamines, cocaine, and caffeine, describing physical and mental effects, medical uses, long-term effects, and dependency. Also, answers the important question, “What is Freebase?”. Less wordy and more focused than many other drug information pamphlets. HE 20:402:T 49/Cocaine/2004 “Tips for Teens: The Truth about Cocaine” 2004 Pamphlet Provides readers with a thorough list of street names, warning signs of cocaine abuse, and a website link to more information. Enforces the fact that cocaine, in any form, is illegal. HE 20.8202:c 64/987 “Cocaine/Crank—The Big Lie” 1987 Booklet 9p. Provides basic information about cocaine and crack, and supplements the dry reading with testimonials from former cocaine addicts. Personal statements come from citizens with a variety of professions, colors, and background. Included is Mercury Morris, former NFL player. Hopefully, seeing another celebrity who overcame cocaine addiction can inspire Ms. Lohan to confront and overcome her own problems. TD 8.8:P 25/3/CD “Make Your Parties Rock: Substance Free” 2004 CD-ROM/PDF 34p. PDF document demonstrating how to orchestrate a successful party without involving drugs or alcohol. Reminds readers that “the most successful parties provide intense
natural stimulation on a variety of levels that make the artificial stimulation of alcohol and other drugs pale in comparison.” (p. 5). HE 20:8216:88 “Mechanisms of Cocaine Abuse and Toxicity” 1988 Book 360p. Intense, scientific articles about the effects of cocaine on the body systems. Articles include, “Cocaine Receptors on Monoamine Transporters and Sodium Channels”, “Lack of Toxic Effects of Cocaine on Dopamine or Serotonin Neurons in the Rat Brain”, and “ Arteriosclerotic Toxicity of Cocaine”. While these passages may be too much for Ms. Lohan to fully grasp when reading, the impact from the titles alone can not be understated. HE 20.3152: C48 “Cigarette Smoking Among Teen-Agers and Young Women” 1976 Booklet 31p. Besides featuring a cool spelling of teenagers not seen since the 1970s, this booklet addresses smoking issues confronting younger women, especially health/cancer concerns, cessation techniques, weight gain, and the public image of smoking. 20 charts are including illustrating smoking statistics.
HE 20.2:D 83/3 “Make Driving a Sober Experience” 1989 Pamphlet Written by then Surgeon General C. Everett Koop, this sheet calls people to recognize that alcohol is a drug and that it is the cause of many preventable collisions. Koop urges drivers to abstain from all alcohol if they are the designated driver, since it can be hard to predict how alcohol will affect you. LC 42.2: D84 “Drunk Driving Laws in Various Foreign Countries” 1984 Booklet 146p. As Ms. Lohan is an internationally respected actress and public figure, it is prudent for her to know drunk driving laws in a variety of areas. This publication from the Library of Congress provides information about many countries in Europe, as well as Brazil, Canada, Japan, and Mexico. All articles are written by lawyers native to each land, hopefully providing a more contextual passage. However, since this book was sent to depositories in 1984, Ms. Lohan is wise to check up on all information contained within.
TD 8.8:D 84/5 “101 Drunk Driving Public Information Ideas” 1985 Booklet Since it is expected that Ms. Lohan will serve her community as part of her sentencing, this collection of drunk driving posters and stickers from the states will certainly influence and educate her. Many posters contain photographs of deceased victims of drunk driving, or positive messages about being a sober and designated driver. J 29.13:D 83 “DWI Offenders under Correctional Supervision” 1999 Booklet 15p. Provides statistics about drunk driving arrests from the Department of Justice in many areas. Arrests are broken down by year, state, age of driver, race, education, and number of prior DWI arrests. Also, provides statistics about length of jail stays, amount of alcohol consumed, drinking patterns of arrestees, history of mental health treatment. Hopefully statistics like these can help Ms. Lohan recognize that she has a drinking problem, but also show her how a lack of treatment can aggravate the problem and its effects. TD 8.64:D 84/CD “Put the Brakes on the Next Drunk Driver” 2002 DVD The DVD-CDROM contains an hour-long lecture over a powerpoint presentation by Dr. Jeffrey Runge of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Dr. Runge presents statistics about drunk driving and blood alcohol levels, and discusses new strategies for combating drunk driving. The CDROM also contains sheets discussing alcohol screening, rehabilitation, and quizzes for viewers. D 2.9:D/36/2/No.72 “The Drinks Were Cheap…” 1993 Poster This poster put out by the Department of Defense reads “The drinks were cheap…the drive home costly. Drinking & Driving Don’t Mix”. A car is shown is at a sharp bend, while a gold locket hangs in front, containing a photograph of a young girl. The message that drunk driving hurts those left behind hopefully will help Ms. Lohan fully consider the effects of her actions on her younger siblings.
D 2.9:D 36/2/No. 133 “Before You Have One For The Road…” 1999 Poster The poster reads “Before you have one for the road… Consider The Cover Charge”. In the distance a car is overturned on a curve in the road. In the foreground, two paramedics load a body bag into the back of an ambulance. This poster aims to educate Ms. Lohan about the very real effects of driving while intoxicated, beyond legal, financial, and employment issues. A 1500.4 I34c “Alcohol & Drug Influence, Implied Consent” 2006 Microfiche 19p. This recently microfiched document outlines State of Oklahoma laws concerning drunk driving. The main discussion centers on implied consent, or that people operating vehicles in Oklahoma automatically consent to sobriety tests from law enforcement. Also covered are arrest and trial procedures for drivers found to be driving intoxicated. As much of these document contains legal wording, this may be better used by Ms. Lohan’s lawayers. However, the cold black and white texts will undoubtedly have some impact of Ms. Lohan.
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“Teen Talk: Many Teens Are Saying No” “Teen Talk: Commonly Asked Questions About Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)” “Teen Talk: What You Should Know About Contraception!” 2003 PDFs 2p. each “Many Teens Are Saying No” This sheet destroys the stereotype that most teenagers are sexually active, and lines out the risks and dangers are sexual activity. Major parts of the sheet involve ways to say no, the difference between sex and relationships, and safe sex behavior. “Commonly Asked Questions About Sexually Transmitted Diseases (STDs)” The focus of this information sheet is the types of sexually transmitted diseases and infections, and ways to prevent them. The sheet defines which diseases are curable, the major symptoms, treatment options, and long term effects. Special attention is paid to the risk of infertility in women. While the sheet mentions condom use, abstinence is highly encouraged. “What You Should Know About Contraception” The front side answers common questions about birth control and provides a true/false quiz for readers. Also provides information about discussing contraception options and methods to obtain it. The back side of the sheet discusses different birth control types
dividing them by hormonal, barrier, and other methods. This pamphlet includes information about abstinence, but does not overly push it. HE 23. 1308: Se 6 “Helping Youth and Families of Separation, Divorces and Remarriage” 1980 Book 298p. This text provides a variety of counseling options for broken and troubled families. Programs exist for divorced couples, only children, and mixed families from remarriages. Needs are first assessed and an appropriate treatment plan is selected. After treatment, materials are provided to evaluate the systems. Included in the appendices are several case studies from different areas of the country.
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