Gumdrops & Lollipops by Dr. Moose
Mason a third grader, uses assertiveness to thwart a mysterious peddler on his way home from school. Purchase Gumdrops & Lollipops for just $12.99.Kids' Books: Ages 4-11
This book is a clever response to the current opioid epidemic in America. It allows parents to have an open dialogue with their child(ren) about drug awareness, stranger danger, and resilience.
The process of teaching involves education and the topic of assertiveness relates to psychological and social health.
Gumdrops & Lollipops teaches children to be assertive yet polite. Mason exudes courage and character. Let Mason show your son/daughter how to discern the difference between a friend and a pusher-man.
Opioid addiction is a national emergency. Per the Centers for Disease Control, opioids—mainly synthetic opioids (other than methadone)—are currently the main driver of drug overdose deaths. Opioids were involved in 46,802 overdose deaths in 2018 (69.5% of all drug overdose deaths).
In 2017 the National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that about 769,000 children aged 12 to 17 misused opioids and about 14,000 used heroin in the past year, the survey did not discuss how many children and adolescents may have died from using these drugs as a result.