A lot of parents aren’t aware that 80% of the nation’s high school students and 44% of middle-school students have witnessed illegal drugs used or sold and students drunk or high on the school grounds.
This survey was conducted by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Colombia University, which Joseph A. Califano Jr. founded and directs.
“This fall more than 16 million teens will return to middle and high schools where drug dealing, possession, use, and students high on alcohol or drugs are part of the fabric of their school,” Califano says.
Need any more be said? You’d think not, but the truth is that while each year people are warning others about how common drug use is becoming all across the nations, it seems the numbers and percentages keep getting higher.
What does this mean? It means parents aren’t paying attention or taking these numbers and percentages too seriously so parents aren’t educating their kids about drugs to the fullest.
Sad, but true, a lot of parents may not worry about this until they’re a victim to their kid using drugs, which by then is too late.
That’s why it’s important to educate kids about drugs no matter how much of an angel you may think your kid is to prevent the cycle of drug addiction from ever occurring.
You can be most certain that one day your kid will have to make a decision to use drugs or to not use drugs. The way society has made drugs seem like they’re so great and how so much false information about drugs is scattered out and about, it may not be so hard for a kid to say, “yes” and give drugs a try.
That’s all it really takes. Just one try and then the cycle of drug addiction can begin.
But who really cares anyway? Maybe the schools care. You can leave the problem up to the schools and hope your kid is getting educated about drugs, but who’s educating the kids, the teachers or the students?
You care more for your kid than anyone else does so you might want to educate your kid about drugs yourself.