Tuesday, December 25, 2007

When You Love A Child...Get Involved (1)

Substance abuse by our teens and young adults has been a major concern to our nation over the years, which it’s most recent added addiction has now spread to epidemic proportions across America, resulting in early deaths, violent behavior as well as being permanently mentally impaired.

Not only are the teens and young adults, consuming alcohol, smoking cigarettes and experimenting with illegal drugs, but also have included the pharmaceutical abuse of prescription drugs and over the counter medicines which is currently escalating at an alarming rate. "Pharm parties" known also as pill-popping parties are organized among the youths, where fistfuls of prescription drugs which have been collected from their family medicine chest, would be swallowed without thinking of the consequences. Potentially lethal combinations of alcohol, drugs and painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin or stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall have sent many of them if lucky, to emergency rooms overdosed, or tagged D.O.A., to an anguished parent's heartbreak. An over the counter cough medicine abuse is something people don't really know about or ever think would be a problem, and it’s important for parents to know that it can be just as dangerous and prominent as other drugs.

To continue: When You Love A Child......Get Involved (2)

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