Tuesday, December 25, 2007

When You Love A Child……Get Involved (3)

This health epidemic is a consequence of the irresponsible prescribing of controlled prescription drugs which have been widely advertised. CASA acknowledges that the problem was NOT caused by illicit street junkies, but the report fails to nail the obvious culprits who enticed the public including impressionable children to take drugs that promised to make them feel better than ever. This drug epidemic is the consequence of a physician-pharmaceutical orchestrated crime.

The medical / psychiatric community and its professional organizations--especially the American Medical Association, the American Psychiatric Association, and the National Institute of Mental Health. The AMA and APA are even now attempting to persuade the FDA to withdraw the newly required label warnings about the risks posed by antidepressants and stimulant drugs.

Physicians and medical institutions that have grown wealthy from their collaboration with the pharmaceutical industry have created a drug addiction epidemic that puts the community's safety at risk.

Perfectly healthy children, teenagers, pregnant women have become victims of professional drug pushers who are licensed by the government.

CASA notes: "The explosion in the prescription of addictive opioids, depressants and stimulants has, for many children, made their parents' medicine cabinet a greater temptation and threat than the illegal street drug dealer." Parents who do not want to become inadvertent drug pushers should consider locking their medicine cabinets," said Califano. "While many parents lock their liquor cabinets, most do nothing to ensure that controlled prescription drugs are not accessible to children."

Although there are programs such as Drug Abuse Resistance Education, better known as DARE or D.A.R.E., which is an international education program that seeks to prevent use of illegal drugs,membership in gangs, and violent behavior, what can you as a parent do to help your child excel in school, stay healthy and develop to his or her fullest potential?

When you love a child, you need to talk to them about alcohol, smoking and illegal drugs. You need to explain to them how these substances can affect their studying, causing grades to suffer by affecting memory and learning skills. Show how substance abuse creates problems among relationships, friends and families. If that child or young adult has hopes of going to college, explain to them how drugs will interfere with their attaining academic goals and so on and so forth.

To be continued: When You Love A Child (4)

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