Featuring original artwork by Aaron Draplin, the stamp depicts a white star with lines of red, light blue, and blue radiating from one side of each of the star’s five points, suggesting the unity necessary at all levels to effectively address drug use. Greg Breeding designed the stamp and was the typographer. William J. Gicker was the art director.
Drug use can have negative impacts not only on individual health and functioning, but also on the well-being of families and entire communities. Recent surveys indicate that more than 50 million Americans age 12 or older—nearly one in five people—have used an illicit drug in the previous year, and, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, overdose is a leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S.
To fully address drug use requires a unified effort at every level of the community. Research has demonstrated that children are less likely to use drugs, alcohol, and tobacco when their parents or other adults communicate clearly and consistently about the risks. Educators, health care professionals, and policymakers can all play a role in addressing drug use through prevention and early intervention.