Dying for Drugs
edited: Friday, May 02, 2003
By Shelley L. Moss
Posted: Monday, April 28, 2003
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Dying for Drugs
Four out of nine high school seniors use illicit drugs once a month; one in five use weekly; one in ten use daily. Drug use among teens is at its highest level in nine years! Some parents believe that their child would not lie to them about drug use, but the reality is, drug-abusing teenagers do lie more than realized.
Our young people use drugs for many reasons, such as home life, personal feelings and fitting in. The bliss of simply getting high, for no apparent reason, is also a common factor.
DRUG USE STATISTICS:
60% of youngsters who use marijuana before the age 15 go on to use cocaine.
Columbia University has found that kids who smoke marijuana are 85 times more likely to use cocaine than their non-marijuana-smoking peers.
THE TRUTH ABOUT CLUB DRUGS:
slang...Ecstasy: E, X. XTC, Ghb, Liquid Ecstasy, liquid X, Georgia Home Boy, Ketamine, Special K, Kit Kat. Just a few drug names that are floating around in the busy nightclubs.
CLUB drugs do affect your brain.
CLUB drugs do affect your body.
CLUB drugs affect your self-control.
CLUB drugs are not always, what they seem.
CLUB drugs are addicting.
CLUB drugs can kill you.
Another drug to beware of is called OXYCONTIN, or OXY. It is a high potency pain killer used mostly for cancer patients. OXY is like a high grade of Heroin, but with worse consequences. As little as half a pill combined with alcohol or other depressants can lower the respiratory system enough to kill. Even without the use of other pills or alcohol OXY is still proven to be deadly, if taken in high doses. OXY is more addictive and much harder to come off of than Heroin.
In Philadelphia, twenty two deaths occurred from Oxy in a three month period. Did you know that there are many websites on the Internet with easy access, selling OXY without a prescription? Just use a search engine and type in OXY. From there watch this deadly drug open its maddening world right before your eyes. OXY is very dangerous when misused, and not only do the parents need to know these frightening facts, but so do our kids.
Did you know that thirty-seven pharmacies have been robbed by thieves seeking this drug? Once used OXY leaves its victims dying for more, with a hunger beyond reason. OXY, along with many other drugs, kill without warning or sympathy towards its prey. So as our future generation continues dropping like flies, so does our power as parents, educators and yes, you the citizen. There are many ugly monsters in our world and wishing them away is not the solution!
As a mother of four, I am happy and relieved to say that the drug scene has not come into my family's life as of yet. As a parent and writer, I would like to express the need for parents to continue instilling the wrongs and the rights while allowing your child the right to prosper and grow, to become their own being. Remember to keep the communication open, focused, and truly listen when your child speaks. When our own children do step out of the guidelines, and are no longer using the stepping stones that you the parent provided, you then must find your inner strength making the helping hand of the past a reality. There are many hotlines and organizations on the Internet that are filled with resources and statistics. You, the parent or citizen, do not have to walk the path of drugs alone. Let us do all that we can for our children, for our future as well as for ourselves.
Written by Shelley L. Moss
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|Reviewed by Michelle Kidwell Power In The Pen
|This is very informative..Well researched and well written keep it up
|Reviewed by Michael McGowan (Reader)
|Well-written, well-researched, and you bring up many good points. Too often drug abuse is treated as a criminal (or worse, political) problem. There seems to be a great deal of denial involved- people do not want to accept that there is a part of our psyche that is attracted to the way drugs make them feel. It is far easier to blame the drug problem on bad parenting, bad schooling, and MTV. Keep writing, keep the torch burning.|
|Reviewed by Aubrey Hammack
|I think this is a good article. I also read your article about your daughter. It was also good. Thanks for the review. I regret that time won't allow me the luxury of teaming up. I am interested in your writing and will try and keep up and will give you support in any way I can.|
|Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader)
|I just toured the CSI labs here in Phoenix. The drug culture is amazing. It's hard to realize how anyone could screw up their lives so badly. I get my high just waking up every day and seeing the sunshine. Well written article, Shelley.
PCP was developed for the military as a pain killer. It had a dis-associative effect on the brain, and patients started pulling out stitches and opening incisions, not knowing what they were doing. Then, it found it's way to the streets.
|Reviewed by Sandie Angel
|Your article is well-researched and well-written. Thanks so much for sharing!
Sandie Angel :o) a.k.a. May Lu $*_*$
|Reviewed by Nicole Davis Vergara (Reader)
|Shelly this is a EXCELLANT ARTICLE...very VERY informative and well written!
Education and Awareness are the first two most important steps in any issue or such BUT every step which follows thereafter is just as equally important!
|Reviewed by Mary Deal
|Shelly - What an amazing amount of information. You've done your research well. May I make a suggestion? For someone who has so much information, if you do not have a degree in any field that would lend further credence to your knowledge (sorry, but that's the way it is in our society) try to team up with a physician, drug rehab personnel, police officer, or some such other person to co-write a full-length nonfiction a book. This is information in simple, understandable words and much easier to understand than technical texts, and more likely to be read by families who should know about these drugs. Valuable information.|
|Reviewed by Trish - The Trickster
|Hi Shelley....Well, I finally made it here to read something for you. This article is very informative, but I have several edits sitting in an email note which I will send to your AD email address. Hope they help out. Great research here...also, I agree that I would like to see a detailed write on the other drugs as well.
|Reviewed by Julie Donner Andersen
|Shelley - wow. I was attracted to this article hoping to learn something, and I sure did! As the mom of a 14 yr. old, this is scary stuff. Thank you for informing all of us.
As a writer, I would love to see a full-length article about each and every one of the drugs you mentioned - it's availability, its dangers, etc. Breaking up this piece into several would make an excellent book! I wish you all the best!
|Reviewed by Betty Tesh (Reader)
|Shelly: You asked for honest reviews, so I will be brutally honest, okay? Your heart is certainly in the right place and I think you're a force for good, but if you're going to write, you must pay more attention to the details. Examples: In the forum request, you wrote "your" when you meant "you're", and in this article '60% (of) youngsters who use...go' (not goes). Also, how about the convention that numbers ten and below are usually written out? (one, six, but 23 and 117). These seem like trivial things, but they give the impression that you're not serious about writing well, and I think you want to be a serious writer, right? I wish you well!|
|Reviewed by Victoria Murray
|Thanks for posting this Shelley. It's a very informative article!
|Reviewed by Ron (sketchman) Axelson
|A well written article, but I would take the are out of the second line. Your article is very informative. I've never heard of the OXY drug, and it sure sounds deadly. It's ashamed at what can be sold, or put on the internet. Thanks for coming my way and your comments. I'm a father of 4, 2 still home. My 2nd born girl smokes the weed, but she said she does nothing else. I hope not.|