Parents and Media Reveal Drug Overdose Losses to Save Other Young People

When America’s children are in middle school, high school or college, this is when parents’ hearts should be swelling with pride. This is when these young citizens should be gaining the education that will prepare them for life and for contributions to their communities and country. Instead, too many of our families are dealing with the addictions of their beloved children or, worse yet, their deaths due to overdose or drug-related accident. While this situation has existed for quite some time, it’s just now coming to broad public view. For years, obituaries of teens and young adults who died from…

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Teens, Young Adults and Opiate Addiction: How Does it Start?

It’s a terrible thing, but far too often these days, when a teen or young adult overdoses on an opiate drug, the parents didn’t even know there was a problem. Or maybe they did know there was a problem and they tried repeatedly to handle it but their loved one could never stay sober. Finally, an overdose of heroin or a painkiller or a combination of drugs takes him away from them. How can this be happening with our young people? The following is an excellent article on the phenomenon of teenagers getting started on painkillers, especially those in athletic…

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Our Dreams for Kids Just Don’t Include Drug Abuse

There’s a current news release from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) on the subject of youth and drug abuse. It is more than a little dismaying. The report gives the numbers of young people who are abusing different types of drugs. The report only includes people aged 18 to 25, the ages of heaviest drug abuse, generally speaking. Here’s what an analysis of drug use statistics showed about the drug use of our young adults on any average day: 3.2 million of them used marijuana 57,304 used heroin 51,319 used cocaine 46,179 used hallucinogens 17,868 used…

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Parents Preventing Drug Abuse and Addiction

There’s no one in the world in a better position to prevent drug abuse than parents. They are the only ones who see those children every day and can monitor the changes in their appearance and behavior. They know the child’s weaknesses and where he or she needs help. But it seems that many parents count on schools or other entities to take on the responsibility of educating their children on the perils of drug abuse. I can understand some of the reasons for this. After all, many parents used drugs when they were growing up and in most cases…

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“What’s the Problem with Drug Use?”

Your kids probably will not come right out and ask you this question. Most kids are going to believe what they hear from other kids and see happening right in front of them: Their friends are smoking pot or drinking and seem to be having fun. Or maybe a friend suggests that they sniff some markers and get goofy or someone has some pills that they say help you “chill out.” It’s unfortunate that in today’s world, keeping kids safe from drug abuse is very close to the top of the list of a parent’s responsibilities. Many parents may not…

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Protecting Your Teen from Drugs May Mean Being a Detective

Really, just about no one wants to think of their kid using drugs. But being the parent of a drug-free child may include learning how to be a good detective. Among the young, there is a greater and greater acceptance of drug use, particularly of marijuana and pills. Even if parents instruct their children on the dangers of using these drugs, it is possible that many teens think they know more than their parents and that their parents’ advice is wrong or stupid. It may take being a good detective to find out if young people are starting to use…

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What if we didn’t focus on the heroin epidemic or marijuana but just raised drug-free kids?

I’m watching the headlines these days and there’s so much about this drug or that – Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death triggered plenty of media coverage on the increase in heroin abuse. Zohydro is in the news as a future opiate painkiller formulation that has the potential to be easily abused by anyone with a taste for opiates. Medical marijuana is approved in state after state and several more states have this initiative on the ballot. One celebrity after another is cited or goes to jail for a DUI until it seems like no one is left sober. After a while,…

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How Terrifyingly Easy it is to Start Using Drugs

I’ve just read through a dozen interviews from Narconon graduates in which they describe how and why they started using drugs. These interviews make so very clear that it’s incredibly easy for a young person to decide to just go along with what everyone else is doing – drinking, smoking pot, even using much stronger and more deadly drugs. If a child does not understand clearly and with conviction why using drugs is dangerous and has not made a firm decision to remain drug-free, then anything can happen. How Kids Can Begin Using Drugs Let me share a few of…

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Teaching the Risks of Marijuana Use

With all the changes in our country in the last few years, it can be hard to know what people really think about marijuana. After all, the voters in twenty states and the District of Columbia have legalized the use of this drug for medical purposes. I would imagine that parents are having a difficult time knowing what to say to their children. Preventing their children from abusing this drug must go far beyond a simple threat of “If I find you with marijuana, you’ll be grounded for months.” Surely, if a drug is approved for medical use in such…

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Marijuana Use Among Teens More Common than Cigarette Smoking While Alcohol Use Goes Down

What parents want for their children and what children are doing with their lives still seem to be on divergent paths. Parents generally want their kids to learn job skills or to prepare for careers, and to proceed safely through life until they develop enough experience to have good judgment. But more teens are now smoking marijuana, not exactly on the path that parents might choose. In fact, marijuana use among teens is more common than cigarette smoking according to the most recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, there are a couple of good signs.…

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