Gumdrops & Lollipops by Dr. Moose

Mason a third grader, uses assertiveness to thwart a drug dealer on his way home from school. Get a copy of Gumdrops & Lollipops for just $12.99 while supplies last.

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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.

Gumdrops & Lollipops informs children to be aware of drugs, and gives them the courage to decline them when offered. Children must be able to discern the difference between a friend and a pusher-man. The process of teaching involves education and the topic of assertiveness relates to psychological and social health.