The Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that drug overdoses killed 72,000 people in the U.S. in 2017. That was an increase of ten percent from 2016 the year before. You could fill a football stadium with that number if they were alive at least.
The general conversation about drugs with kids for the last thirty or forty years is “don’t do them.” The D.A.R.E. program was made to tell kids to not use drugs without giving much information.
D.A.R.E stands for:
The basis of the program for young people was to tell them to say “no”. They emphasized tobacco use and the dangers of it. The answer to everything else was just a direct “no”. That means kids failed to learn about different drugs and their dangers truly.
Most people who are addicted to drugs started using before they were 18.
Substance abuse is often considered “hush hush”. This means it isn’t talked about in polite company. It’s a fact that is often swept under the table. But it is still out there taking lives every day.
It can be hard for kids to think it is okay to bring up drugs to their families. Some have a policy where it’s just not a topic they talk about. Kids don’t feel comfortable reaching out.
Regardless, it is important for kids to be knowledgeable. Knowing is half the battle. So teen should definitely step up and talk to adults. It doesn’t have to be family. Someone in authority is okay too.
If you’re a teen and you have questions, ask them. That’s the great thing about kids they’re always learning and always wondering. These means they’re always asking questions. Don’t assume things when you can learn.
Try starting a conversation with an adult, especially if you have friends or have been in a situation involving drugs. You don’t need to be afraid.
If someone needs help, now is the time. You can even ask your parents if they have had experiences with drugs in the past. Odds are they ended up negative, and they can explain the consequences to you.
Adults aren’t perfect. They won’t always reach out when they should. Especially when their generation was taught to keep their mouths shut.
It’s important to be open and honest with your parents or other adults. Don’t wait until it’s too late.