#SUNKIDS CALL TO ACTION: Say No To Drug Addiction

TALK TO PARENTS ABOUT DRUG ADDICTION

Drug Addiction

Young people are exposed to drugs through different ways. They hear about drugs on TV, the movies, in the music they listen to and even at school. It is extremely important to understand what addiction is and how to avoid it. Addiction is a chronic brain disease characterized by uncontrollable drug-seeking and using drugs despite harmful consequences. It is considered a brain disease because drugs change the brain structure and how it works.

Falling Into Addiction

Why do people fall into addiction? One reason people begin using drugs is to hide emotions. Abusing drugs makes them feel good and they forget about their problems. After some time, they feel they can’t live without the drugs.

KINDS OF DRUGS

Prescription Drugs:

• Opioids – usually prescribed to treat pain
• Central nervous system [CNS] depressants (this category includes tranquilizers, sedatives, and hypnotics) – used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders
• Stimulants – most often prescribed to treat attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)

Drugs People Abuse

• Bath Salts
• Cocaine
• Heroin
• Marijuana
• MDMA
• Meth
• Spice (K2)
• Alcohol
• Other Drugs

Here is a website devoted to facts about drugs.

Peer Pressure

Kids can experience peer pressure to use drugs and it’s difficult to say no to peers because of a desire to fit in with others. Practice saying no and be ready if it ever happens. A young person is told “everybody’s doing it”  by their friends. Are those friends going to help when negative consequences occur or come to the rescue if a police arrest happens?  Never forget about better judgment.

Addiction Causes Death

Drug abuse has caused death for many people. Children lose parents and parents lose children. In October 2016, a seven-year-old Pennsylvania child didn’t want to go home after school. The child insisted her bus driver go into the house because she couldn’t wake up her parents. It was discovered both parents died from overdoses. Younger siblings and the seven-year-old had been inside their home two days with dead parents. There are a number of news reports about adults, teens, and children losing their lives because of addiction. Other people drive under the influence of addiction and cause accidents that kill themselves and/or others.

ADDICTION PREVENTION

Preventing addiction is easier than treating addiction and a kid should never take medicine from anyone. It doesn’t matter if it’s a trusted friend because a person can become addicted and die! Young people should surround themselves with positive friends and become involved with positive activities. Never be afraid to say no to drugs. See this video:

If you or someone you know is addicted to alcohol/drugs go find help.  You don’t have to be alone. 

Alcohol and Drugs
Al-Anon/Alateen
888-425-2666
8 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST, Monday to Friday

Crisis Call Center
800-273-8255 or text ANSWER to 839863
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

The National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center
800-784-6776
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse & Alcoholism
800-662-HELP (4357)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week

Thursday’s Child National Youth Advocacy Hotline
800-USA-KIDS (800-872-5437)
Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week
http://www.teenhealthandwellness.com/static/hotlines

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