NAD GETS MAD Editorial by Michael DePasquale Jr.
(Published in the April 1987 issue of NINJA THE DEADLY WARRIOR magazine.)

Welcome Sho Kosugi! I would like to thank Sho Kosugi for joining myself and the staff of Ninja The Deadly Warrior in our fight against the dreaded enemy of our society! DRUGS.

Super Ninja, Sho Kosugi is a strong and dynamic martial artist, yet he too fears the enemy of young and old. By becoming NAD’s (Ninjas Against Drugs) representative, Sho is making a strong statement and showing his deep concern for the young martial artists of today. With a little effort and a lot of caring, hopefully myself and Sho can help enlighten people in the great harm of drug abuse and in different ways to combat it. Any instructors or ninjutsu practitioners that are interested in becoming involved with NAD – please contact us. Martial art instructors have a tremendous influence on their students and it would be a wonderful idea to help them find the courage to say “NO” to drugs. My hat is off to Sho Kosugi for his time and kind efforts in helping promote NAD.

In this issue you will find out more about the NAD campaign. Also we have a Sho Kosugi Mail Bag where our readers are welcome to write to Sho. Other dynamic articles in this issue are: The Poison Water Gun, Ninja Weapons and the Ninja Sword of Doom.

Be sure to read Sho’s statement on saying “NO” to drugs and again – please join us in our fight. The health and well being of our youth is at stake!

For your information, right now, over 1/3 of all kids in America use illegal drugs. In fact, one out of every 18 high school seniors is smoking an average 3½ marijuana joints every day. Kids who abuse drugs are losers every way you look at it. They are wasting themselves. Grades suffer because they can’t study or pay attention in the classroom. Emotional and physical development can be damaged at a critical period in their young lives.

Drugs like marijuana and alcohol are often referred to as “Gateway” or “Stepping Stone” drugs. This means their abuse can lead to other drugs, like Angel Dust, LSD, Cocaine, amyl nitrate, speed, hashish, heroin or even prescription products such as tranquilizers, sleeping pills and narcotic agents.

So if we can stop drug abuse at the experimental stages, we’ll be getting at the problems before it gets a grip on our kids.

With the use of drugs as widespread as it is today, kids are having to make decisions about drugs. By the time they complete elementary school they have to make a “yes” or “no” decision about marijuana. As they move into their teens, kids can be influenced as much by their friends or favorite rock star, as they are by their parents.

As instructors, we can teach our children that you don’t have to use drugs to be tough.

Michael DePasquale Jr.
Executive Editor