CASAColumbia’s 2012 Back-to-School Teen Survey reveals that “86 percent of American high school students say that some classmates are drugging, drinking and smoking during the school day and almost half know a student who sells drugs at their school. The survey also reveals that 52 percent of high school students say that there is a place on or near school grounds where students go to get high during the school day. Thirty-six percent say it is easy for students to use drugs, drink or smoke during the school day without getting caught. This year’s survey once again looks at teen social networking and found that 75 percent of 12- to 17-year olds say that seeing pictures of teens partying with alcohol or marijuana on Facebook, MySpace or another social networking site encourages other teens to want to party like that.”
For more information on the survey of teen alcohol and drug use, visit:
http://www.casacolumbia.org/templates/publications_reports.aspx: National Survey of American Attitudes on Substance Abuse
Experts advise that parents open a discussion with their adolescent. Teens, Shelly and Tamika had a pact between them. When they went out to parties and large social events, they never left their sodas unattended and they always chose a known can or bottle they opened themselves, or in plain view. They also never accepted even so much as an aspirin from someone else, and they always left together or with another ‘safe’ person. They’d heard about date rape drugs, what happens if someone drinks too much (besides throwing up or passing out), or someone slips them a little something more into their drink to make their inhibitions go away. The pictures on Facebook weren’t pretty. Both girls had a curfew and with one or two minor slip ups, mostly stuck to it. Besides, Shelly’s mom was pretty observant, and Tamika’s just went ballistic.
A recent Columbia University study report says, “Students who say that drugs are used, kept or sold at their school are almost twice as likely to see pictures on Facebook, MySpace or another social networking site of kids getting drunk, passed out, or using drugs than students at drug-free schools (61 percent vs. 33 percent).” (see footnote)
Narconon has some useful tips for those going to clubs and the party scene such as: ‘Never leave a drink unattended’; ‘Avoid getting drunk’; ‘Don’t accept anything with which you’re not familiar’; and ‘Don’t go out with known drug users’. Their post on ‘Club Drugs’ has some useful information, ‘What if you were at a party, however, and someone offered you some vitamin K, soap or jet? Would you know exactly what was being offered, and would you realize that it was dangerous? Some of the most common club drugs include MDMA, more commonly known as ecstasy or Molly, GHB, Rohypnol (or “roofies”), ketamine (“vitamin K,” “Special K,” “jet”), methamphetamine (“meth” or “crystal meth”) and LSD. In addition to these, new synthetic drugs including bath salts and N-bomb or Smiles are becoming increasingly popular.’ See this and other posts at: http://www.narconon.org/blog/club-drugs-2/club-drugs-and-how-to-stay-away-from-them/
Dr. Sathappan, Pomegranate Medical Director says, ‘Abusing substances can intensify the symptoms of mental and behavioral illness. Hallucinations or a complete psychotic break are possible. The damage could be irreversible. Its best not to tempt fate. Teens are not invincible.’
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