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Studies have shown that adolescents are at higher risk of taking alcohol and drugs, to the point of abuse. This has something to do with the fact that they are at the stage where they become more aware of their sexuality and peer-grouping. For many youth, being surrounded with friends or acquaintances that use drugs and alcohol keeps them under pressure to start experimenting on illegal substances, too.
However, a feature on Addictionpro.com says that teaching adolescents self-regulation is one of the surest way for parents, educators, and doctors to address drug use and dependence among teenagers. MRI studies demonstrate that several development processed in the brain continue throughout adolescence. Therefore, educating teenagers about appropriate self-regulation skills can go a long way in keeping them off the use and dangers of drugs.
The report stressed that while brain maturation cannot be stopped by parents and youth-serving professionals, they can surely influence it. Always considering the possibility that some youth may make the potentially life-altering decision to become involved with drugs, including prescription drugs, one path for parents and treatment providers may be to teach important skills that may be a “weakness” for the adolescent brain. SAMHSA’s NREPP process lists these skills as impulse control; “second” thought processes; social decision-making; dealing with risk situations, and taking healthy risks.
The Glendora Unified Parents Summit was held last Tuesday with educators, local police, and drug counselors calling for local parents’ help in keeping kids away from drug abuse.
At the event organized by the Glendora Unified School District together with the Glendora Police Department, teen issues including substance abuse and the effect of technology on family relationships were put on a spotlight.
Glendora Police Chief Rob Castro joined the said event and gave a tough message to the parents present during the forum. “We realized as police and school administrators we are not the panacea for helping our kids. It starts at home, it starts with you… It’s not our job, by the time we find out that something is wrong it’s already too late.”
The Glendora Police Department introduced the different types of drugs such as ecstasy, marijuana, prescription drugs, and alcohol. There were also new types of drugs emerging and making their way in the community such as Xanax and spice as well as the re-entry of heroin in the list.
According to Mike Schaub and Robin McGeough from the Charter Oak Recovery Program, teens today are experimenting with more potent drugs. With their work as drug counselors for Whitcomb High School, they have recorded that most teens under drug use or addiction do not only stick to one type of drug but a variety of dangerous substances.
Heroin is fast becoming a drug of choice for the youth again. Parents are warned that kids today do not necessarily need needles to use the drug as they now snort or smoke heroin believing it’s a much safer route.
At the end of the event, only one strong message was left to parents: that they have to be involved in their kids’ daily lives; knowing where the kids are, who they hang out with, and what they do after school are necessary if they don’t want their kids to get into trouble.
Parents, teachers, and law enforcement authorities gathered at the Lonoke Community Center last Thursday to discuss the increasing alarm on prescription drug abuse and other designer drugs that are destroying the lives of the youth in their area.
Circuit Judge Phillip Whiteaker together with the Lonoke County Juvenile Department and The Bridgeway made the “Teen Abuse of Bath Salts and Spices” event happen last week. Featured speakers included state drug director Frances Flener and chief illicit lab chemist for the Arkansas Crime Lab, Chris Harrison.
Flener informed the community that prescription drugs abuse is the fastest growing type of drug abuse today, and parents unknowingly become the suppliers of the drugs that kids use through their medicine cabinets at home. There is a need then for parents to limit the availability of such medicines especially at home.
The circuit judge encouraged the crowd to take advantage of drug take-back events. She said that the last time they had an event on Oct. 29, they collected nearly 6 tons of unused prescription medications. “That is a lot of pills. That is 11,926 pounds taken out of the reach of Arkansas youth.”
She also added that kids get their meds three-fourths of the time from people they know. “If medicines cannot be secured, get them out of the house.”
On the crime lab’s part, Harrison informed parents and school officials that the Food and Drug Administration does not list all of the designer drugs that are equally dangerous.
In a report from the Lonoke Democrat, he asked for the community’s involvement in controlling the proliferation of the said drugs in the area. He warns parents that there are some sellers that tolerate the sale of new drugs because of money.
Harrison presented examples like K2 (which is now banned in Arkansas) and bath salts which are still making their way through ‘head shops’ that most teens go to get their drugs.