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Teen drug abuse is rampant say cops, counselors
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on Jun 3, 2011
It could happen to your child and your family. That was the message Tuesday morning at a Hart Middle School meeting to discuss drug abuse by students. Parents and teachers seemed shocked at what some Hart Middle School students said.
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posted Thursday, June 2, 2011, 4:55 PM
Posted by George
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Jun 5, 2011 at 10:51 pm
I hope the community takes this issue very seriously. The issue is becoming more prevalent in too many Bay Area cities and we should all look for ways to provide the education, resources, and innovative approach that can stem the epidemic. The Office of the President, FDA, CDC, and DEA introduced "Responding to America's Prescription Drug Abuse Crisis" findings on April 19th of this year. Four primary components: Education, Tracking and Monitoring, Proper Medication Disposal, and Enforcement summarize their approach. See the following link for the full report. Web Link
Locally, too many lives have been ruined. Too many suicides, too many young lives derailed by hard drugs. Talk to any drug rehabilitation professional and they'll tell you the number of young people entering their facilities, with Oxycontin addiction is staggering. Ask any college student what percent of the student body is taking Adderall to help them prepare for finals. I'm disturbed by the early age and prevalence of marijuana use. Marijuana, while not harmful to some, is very harmful to others, and can cause or contribute to paranoia, depression, and apathy. Six week ago, I attended a presentation, where the speaker mentioned a recent client, who had committed suicide. A contributing factor was his addiction to Marijuana. Of course, the same can be said for Heroin, Meth, Oxy, Alcohol, and a number of other abused substances. It's not the drug, but the user, who chooses to continue his or her path toward destruction.
Addiction is a disease and requires treatment and a life long commitment of abstinence and recovery. If an addict is lucky enough to gain traction and stability, the hard work just begins: continued outpatient treatment, AA or NA meetings several times per week, 12 step work with a sponsor, and never ever picking up alcohol or any illegal or prescription drug again, period. The Bay Area has a huge recovery population. San Francisco hosted an 18-25 year old recovery convention, with attendance in excess of 4000. There are some very intelligent, successful, and fully committed individuals who participate. There are several high level CEO's that hire sober coaches to guide them through difficult periods of negotiation. Addiction has no geographic, demographic, or socioeconomic boundaries.
I raised three children in Pleasanton. My wife stayed at home and provided rides to and from school, made sure our children participated in baseball, soccer, and basketball, made sure school work was done and made sure our children were well behaved. Our family vacations were a blast, we spent weekends playing golf together, and ended every weekend with a family dinner on Sunday. Well into their teens, many parents commented on what great kids they were. We were very proud parents. Two of our children are what some would say are "perfect kids", although I think that is an exaggeration. They're just good kids, on track to be productive members of society. We got lucky. Our third child is a drug addict. What went wrong?
Our addict was raised in the same house, same environment, and same way as the others. What was the difference? What went wrong? Believe me, I don't have the answers. Some kids are more prone than others; more risk taking, less confident in themselves, less able to cope with life on life's terms. Raising kids is one challenge, but dealing with a child in active addition is something totally surreal. The family is taken down a very dangerous road and as hard as the addict has to work on their addiction, the family also needs to work on their own compulsion to the addict's addiction. To understand, you have to have been there.
Thank you for indulging me and letting me ramble on. I'd like to close by saying that this article is one of the best I've ever read and that the points are right on. Ninety percent of the comments also seem reasonable. The collaboration of the Police, the Schools, the Counselors, and Community is right on track. It's hard to fix this situation, but we can certainly all work toward mitigating the impact it has on our children and community. Remember, we are all involved and impacted by this issue. It's an individual, Family, and Community problem. We all need to be part of the solution and be less concerned about who's right and who the best parent is. Most parents do the best they can with what they have and love their children more than life itself.