Prescription Drug Abuse: You May Be Your Kid’s Pusher

prescription drug abuse

You’ve talked to your kids about drugs and alcohol, right? Cocaine, marijuana, maybe heroin, mushrooms, and crack. But what about prescrtion drug abuse? What about all that stuff in your medicine cabinet? About 80 percent of teenagers say that they’ve talked with their parents about alcohol and marijuana use, and about one in three said they’d they’d discussed cocaine and crack. But only 14-16 percent say that prescription drug abuse (including painkillers) ever came up.

It’s no big surprise, then, that nearly 25 percent of American teenagers—that’s more than 5 million kids—say they’ve abused prescription medications. That’s up 33 percent in just the past five years. Here are some of the sobering statistics from a poll of 3,900 9th-12th graders and 800 parents conducted by The Partnership at drugfree.org and the MetLife Foundation:
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Highs and Lows of Motherhood + Stealing Children’s Identity + Jobs for Teens + Young Millionaires

[amazon asin=B007PM0BNW&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 1: Kristin van Ogtrop, author of Let Me Lie Down.
Topic: Necessary terms for the half-insane working mom.
Issues: Terms and concepts that illustrate the highs, and the lows of balancing work and family.


[amazon asin=1936984113&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 2: Joe Mason, author of Bankrupt at Birth.
Topic: Why child ID theft is on the rise and how it’s happening right under our noses.
Issues: Who, exactly, is perpetrating child id theft and why they do it; the most common forms of ID theft and how you can tell if your child is a victim; how to proect your child’s social security number; the role of social media in ID theft.


[amazon asin=1936236451&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 3: Beverly Slomka, author of Teens and the Job Game.
Topic: A guide to teens on how to win the job of their dreams.
Issues: Understanding what employers expect and how teens can meet those expectations; learning to set realistic goals; how to prepare for the first day of a new job; handing constructive criticism, and much more.


[amazon asin=0785221859&template=thumbnail1&chan=default]Guest 4: Troy Dunn, author of Young Bucks.
Topic: How to raise a future millionaire.
Issues: The gift you absolutely must give your children so they can succeed in business as adults; the five-word sentence that parents should never say; step-by-step strategies to help; identify children’s talents and nurture financial self-confidence.

What the Hell? Witholding a High-School Diploma for “Cursing”?

Maybe my stint in the Marine Corps has warped my perspective on what constitutes bad language. But I found the story of an Oklahoma high-school valedictorian whose diploma was withheld by the school principal because the girl “cursed” absolutely outrageous.

Kaitlin Nootbaar, 18, was giving a speech to the Prague, OK, high school class of 2012 and talked about the difficulty she was having setting on a career choice. “How the hell do I know? I’ve changed my mind so many time,” she said.

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It’s all fun and games–until someone dies

I’ve been reading about the new middle-school craze–the Choking Game, which involves strangling (one’s self or someone else). The goal is to produce the light-headed feeling that happens when oxygen to the brain is cut off and the “rush” that happens when the choke is released and the oxygen flows back in. As one who, over the course of many years in the martial arts, did plenty of choking (and was choked at least as often), I can say that there is a tiny bit of truth there–you do get a little light-headed before passing out, and you do get a rush when the blood comes back. But I was reminded of two movies that dealt with exactly the same search for a choke-induced high.

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The family that shop(lifts) together, stays together–in jail

Another piece of news from Florida. Fortunately, this one doesn’t involve any shooting.

A 34-year old mom and her two teenagers went shopping at Walmart–always a family bonding experience. She paid for $310 worth of stuff. And then tried to walk out of the store with another $280. Security people watched as mom stuffed DVDs into a purse (not hers) while the kids were hiding clothes.  All in all, a fun family outing.

 

 

http://www.wtsp.com/news/local/article/250264/8/Mother-arrested-for-shoplifting-spree-with-kids

Okay, it’s 10pm. Do you know where your kids are? Bet you don’t…

Wonderful study done in the UK. I know the results apply just as well in the U.S.

“Conducted by the Institute for Social and Economic Research’s Understanding Society, the study asked more than 2,000 10- to 15-year-olds in the United Kingdom how frequently they stayed out past 9 p.m. without their parents knowing where they were. According to the data, among 15-year-olds, 36 percent of boys and nearly a quarter of girls said their parents — at least once a month — do not know where they are. Moreover, 64 percent of 15-year-old girls who stay out frequently past 9 p.m. without their parents’ knowledge said they had consumed alcohol more than once in the last month, compared with only 25 percent of girls who had not stayed out in the past month. In addition, 18 percent of girls who said they had not stayed out past 9 p.m. reported smoking, and the number climbed to 51 percent among girls who stay out frequently.” (from an article by Teddi Dineley Johnson in The Nation’s Health.
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