TEEN DRUG ABUSE
Parents sitting down to educate their children on the dangers of drug use may miss the fact that their own homes may abound with dangerous and even deadly abusable substances. The vast majority of parents want to protect their children from drug-related harm.
Peer pressure can make teens and young adults feel compelled to go along with dangerous stunts. They might not realize that getting in the car with an impaired driver could be one of the most dangerous stunts of all.
The unique struggle that a parent of a drug user faces should not be wished on anyone. When a mother and father have a son or daughter who falls prey to drug addiction or an alcohol habit, this becomes a cruel and entrapping, even devastating, problem for them.
New research indicates that, when a dentist prescribes opioid painkillers to teens and young adults following wisdom teeth surgery, they are also putting those same teens and young adults at risk for addiction.
Let’s imagine for a moment that you are the parent of a teenage or young adult child. You’re told by your child’s dentist that his (or her) wisdom teeth are going to be a problem and they need to be removed. Dutifully, you make one or more appointments for the extractions.
The truth about opioid pain reliever drugs and their stark similarities to heroin and other illegal street opioids is more than well known. But what about the common amphetamine drug Adderall?
Ritalin is widely prescribed to both school children and adults, but some people abuse it non-medically for the cocaine-like high it produces. When they are later diagnosed with an early form of emphysema, they may realize that the thrill wasn’t worth the price.
Any area or arena of drug and alcohol misuse is concerning and unpleasant, but few areas are as concerning or as unpleasant as teen drug use is.
Most people know that Skittles are small hard candies that come in multiple colors and flavors. Oddly enough, Skittles have become associated with drug use by youth in not just one but actually several ways.
What are the kids doing now? Every year it seems, young people find a new drug to abuse, a new way to get high, or something different to experiment with. Or, if it is not a “new” drug, young people seem to “bring a drug back” that had been in use for some time but which had fallen out of popularity.