By the time they graduate high school, half of American teenagers will have tried at least one illicit drug. Disguised as candy, drinks and snacks, the latest drugs lure young kids and fool parents.
“Communicate with your kids about drugs,” E.R. physician Dr. Travis Stork implores. “If you don’t, other people will.”
While illegal drug use is on the rise, prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing problem among teens. They pilfer the pills from family members and friends, procure them on the Internet and trade them at school.
Young people are either unaware or ignore the damage that drug abuse has on the body. Not only can it damage brain cells that don't regenerate, but it also affects major organs including the liver and heart, and can deter vital functions such as blood clotting.
For more information on drug abuse, or if you or someone you know is seeking help, visit the links below:
• Partnership for a Drug Free America
• ACTION Family Counseling
• To find a drug treatment center in your area
• Understanding Drug Abuse
• United States Drug Enforcement Agency