Teens Drug Addiction Requires Our Adamant Attention

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Family to protect teens from drug addiction
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Drug use among teens has reached epidemic proportions. No matter how vigilant you are, your teens will definitely be exposed to drugs at school, the very place you think should be a safe environment. Mrs. Reagan’s ‘Just say no to drugs’ campaign was a complete failure. The truth is that teens perceive adults as old fuddy-duddies that don’t know their head from a hole in the ground. Parents, try as they may, face an uphill war in safe guarding their children from the ravaging effects of drugs.

The challenge is made more difficult by the fact that most of us have prescription medications in our bedroom drawers. When confronting the issue of teens and drugs, you have to give them a sound argument that distinguishes between necessary prescriptions and illegal drugs. This isn’t easy. Some well known prescription medications are being sold at school as a way to catch a buzz. Teens don’t realize that these prescriptions are issued in duplicate or triplicate, as a method to control the use of certain narcotics. Not having experienced a real need for these drugs themselves, they could well come to the conclusion that their parents are experiencing and liking some high that they are somehow being denied.

Another problem with teaching children about the issue of teen drug use is that our society does not differentiate between drugs. Some medicinal drugs have a place, but when it comes to our youth and drugs, we say that every drug is bad. This is incorrect. Some teens require specific drugs for a legitimate condition. Not used correctly, that medication can produce a high in a kid who doesn’t need it. Sometimes, that drug can have lethal consequences when used as a ‘recreational’ drug.

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Children are not capable of making those distinctions. For example, a patient with severe pain due to arthritis or cancer, could be prescribed codeine or another opiate to ease the pain. Kids don’t understand that this patient doesn’t get high. That medication only eases the pain. However, in the world of kids and drugs, this potentially dangerous drug becomes an opportunity toenjoy a different reality. They don’t know the difference.

One big deception that encourages teenage drug abuse is the fable of marijuana. This street drug is posited as the first step to drug addiction, thrown in the same bag as pcp and mescaline. The second that high school kid tries weed, the kid sees that although 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 come to the conclusion that the rest of the warnings about kids and drugs are lies. That’s why they fall into the jaws of the really dangerous drugs.

As a nation, we need to teach our teenagers the bad and negative effects of drugs. Meth, crack, heroin and drugs like ‘ecstasy’ can destroy their lives or kill them. Tell the truth. We can protect our children. Drug-addiction is a serious 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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Indeed this society need to pay better attention to teenage drug addiction. Extended therpaies may help. I also believe keeping teens closer to family, education and church values, involving them in church youth programs will help to overcome drug abuse and addiction.
I couldn't agree with this anymore. I truly believe in teaching our kids the truth about drugs, the different kinds of drugs, how some just have a different name, some you can get prescribed by a medical doctor that are worse then street drugs for you. You have to be honest and upfront with kids, I know my child will know the truth about every drug, and I'll be glad to explain why I use potassium and cell salt instead of Aspirin for a headache.
Who has the right to tell somebody else that they cannot grow a plant in the privacy of their own home and smoke it? Who has the right to tell somebody they cant take a pill to make them feel good? Drug side effects are grossly over exaggerated, don't get me wrong, they are not safe, but they way they are viewed on currently is disgraceful. If you believe you are free, why can't you walk into a field, pick a mushroom, eat it without the fear of being arrested...
I could not agree with this anymore than the first person. i really do believe in teaching our kids on how not to do drugs. Now i also see it thisway we can teach them one way at home when they go out into the real world andto school whos to say what somebody would tell them. It's not hard for them to get talk into doing things that they should not be doing i mean after all they are just teenagers.This web site is something that alot of parents would agree to.
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