A recent study done by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse has obtained some alarming results: 17 percent of American high school students are smoking cigarettes, drinking or using drugs during the school day. Of the 1,003 students surveyed, 86 percent admitted that they knew their classmates were using drugs or alcohol during the school day while more than half admitted that they knew of places on or close by campus where students could go to smoke, drink or get high.
Marijuana was said to be the most easily obtainable drug, followed by prescription drugs, cocaine and ecstasy. In fact, almost 44 percent of students surveyed admitted that they know of a fellow classmate who sells drugs. Many parents claim that private schools may offer a better environment for their children, but the number of students attending private schools who reported drugs on school grounds increased from 36 percent in 2011 to 54 percent in 2012.
Peer Pressure Effects Many
Peer pressure is an epidemic that affects hundreds of teens every day and now, with the Internet making available many social networks, there emerges a new form of peer pressure, appropriately referred to as digital peer pressure. Teens admitted that their curiosity of drinking or using drugs increased after viewing pictures of other kids partying.
In fact, another recent study of over 10 million online messages, written by teens within the past year, revealed that they commonly talk about using drugs, drinking alcohol, hooking up and partying. Many teens may agree that drinking and using drugs is cool and “in” and chatting with their peers over the internet offers a more private and quiet way to talk about this topic without their parents realizing it. The Internet also provides users with information and tutorials on how to use and obtain certain drugs as well as how to hide their use from parents and authorities.
What Can We Do To Stop School Day Use
Education is key in winning the war on drug use among our future generations. In fact, kids are learning about drugs and alcohol as early as in kindergarten. Schools also offer courses such as the well-known D.A.R.E. program that specialize in drug and alcohol abuse as well as how to handle peer pressure and refusal methods. Narconon has been providing an effective drug education and prevention program for years with proven results.
In fact those who have received Narconon drug education have reported being less likely to use drugs. Education with parents produces the same results and other programs are also beneficial. The main goal is to get real information about drugs, their side effects and addiction to teens so that they can make an educated decision not to use them.
There are also many informational websites that may be of assistance as well as videos that kids can watch in schools and at home.
Teens should also be made aware of the social consequences of using drugs such as rumors or embarrassing pictures being posted on the Internet as well as the repercussions that may come from doing things you wouldn’t normally do if you weren’t under the influence of drugs or alcohol. By educating our children and giving them the knowledge to make smart choices in their lives, we are sure to see a change in these statistics for the better and turn this cycle around.
And for those already using drugs rehabilitation is the obvious choice to help them to permanently recover from the problem. An effective rehabilitation program like Narconon can help can help someone to attain permanent recovery.
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