Chapter at USU warns about pornography addiction

The first ever Utah State University chapter of Fight the New Drug, a non-profit organization with the goal to warn about the dangers of pornography, was formed last week, and its members are already planning events that will improve students’ knowledge about the lasting consequences of viewing pornographic material.”Outside of a moral conversation, outside of a legislative conversation, we talked about this issue, and it really resonated with us,” said one of the organization’s founders, Clay Olsen.Lynn Walker, president of USU’s Fight the New Drug chapter, said it is crucial students and others in the community understand that their group does not use the word “anti-” in relation to the group.”This is a public health issue,” Olsen said, “If people want to take it to the religious realm that’s fine. Fifty years ago there was a large debate about whether tobacco is harmful, and we are facing the same thing now with pornography.”Olsen, a USU alumnus, pioneered the group with Beau Lewis, Cam Lee and Ryan Werner, and in 2009 received status as a non-profit organization.Fight the New Drug uses articles and research studies about the relationship of pornography to drugs as educational tools. The studies suggest the same chemicals that cause addiction to drugs are present when viewing pornography, said Zach Smith, a member of USU’s Fight the New Drug chapter.

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