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The Question Of Teens And Drugs Requires Our Adamant Attention

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November 22, 2008   Drug abuse among teenagers has reached tragic levels. It doesn’t matter how on top of it you are, your teenagers will definitely be introduced to drugs at school, the very place you believe to be a safe environment. Mrs. Regan’s ‘Just Say No’ campaign fell flat on it’s face. The fact is that teenagers view adults as old fuddy-duddies that don’t know anything. Parents, try as they may, face a bitter battle in safe guarding their children from the ravaging effects of drugs.

The challenge s made more difficult by the fact that most of us have prescription medications in our bedroom drawers. When confronting the issue of teenagers and drugs, you have to present a sound argument that differentiates between necessary medications and illegal drugs. This isn’t easy. Some well known prescription medications are being sold at school as a way to get high. Kids don’t know that these medications are issued in duplicate or triplicate, as a method to control the use of certain narcotics. Not having experienced a legitimate need for these drugs themselves, they may well conclude that their parents are experiencing and liking some buzz that they are somehow being denied.

Another problem with teaching children about the issue of teen drug use is that society does not differentiate between drugs. Some pharmaceutical drugs have a place, but when it comes to teenagers and drugs, we tell them that every drug is bad. This is incorrect. Some kids require prescription medication for actual problems. Not used correctly, that medication can produce a high in a kid who doesn’t need it. Sometimes, that drug can have disastrous consequences when used as a ‘recreational’ drug.

Kids are not able to make those distinctions. For example, a patient with extreme pain due to arthritis or cancer, could be prescribed codeine or another opiate to ease the pain. Children don’t comprehend that this patient doesn’t get high. That drug only eases the pain. However, in the world of teens and drugs, this narcotic becomes an opportunity to enjoy a different reality. They don’t realize the difference.

One huge lie that encourages teenage drug use is the fable of pot. This street drug is made out to be the first step to drug addiction, thrown in the same bag as heroin and ice. The minute that high school child tries pot, the child sees that even though it gets them high and they like it, they can hide this new habit from their parents and it doesn’t make them crazy. They conclude that the rest of the warnings issued on teens and drugs are deceptions. That’s the reason why they step into the grip of the insidiously dangerous drugs.

As a world village, we need to educate our teenagers. Teach them the effects of drugs. Cocaine, crack, heroin and drugs like ‘ecstasy’ can ruin their live or kill them. Tell the truth. We can help our teens. Addiction is a terrible problem in our society today but with the “proper” education we can teach our future generations the realities of addictions and drug abuse.

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