A drug crisis is sweeping America and it’s killing our children.
Parents be warned. We have now entered the culture of ”Pharma-geddon.” Kids are sneaking pills, drinking alcohol, and using illegal street drugs at an alarming rate. Even heroin, once considered the last outpost on the way to junkie-town, is now disturbingly common.
Sadly, today’s young people, obsessed with pop culture, may soon head further down this road. Teen mega-sensation Miley Cyrus shamelessly allowed herself to be videotaped smoking from a bong — not with marijuana, but salvia, a powerful and newly popular hallucinogen.
Almost all drug addicts, as I continually remind my children, start out the same way. They experiment with alcohol and marijuana as teenagers. Unfortunately, no one can tell which teenagers will hold the line at experimentation, and which will become full-blown addicts. Parents like to think, “Not my child. My child is too busy, too smart, or too into sports.” This kind of thinking is a mistake. Denial can kill your child. Yes, kill.
I have seen the dangers of drugs first hand. I’ve sat next to my children at the funerals of wonderful young people whose lives were lost to accidental overdoses. Teaching children to ”just say no,” crossing our fingers, and saying a prayer is not enough. Nothing compares to the grief of losing a child. We owe it to children to do everything in our power to protect them.
An alarming new report by The Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that one in five teens — 20 percent — is now abusing prescription drugs. Parents of teenagers must remain vigilant and should never assume they can slack. When our children were babies, we didn’t question whether they would fall down the stairs or put a fork in a light socket. We baby-proofed the house. With teenagers, our job as protectors does not end. We must still anticipate the possibility that a teenager will use poor judgment.
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