Drugs and the Effects on the Youth Today
Drugs and the effect on the youth today
In today’s society there are many drugs out there that affect our youth. Some of these drugs are illegal and some may be the drugs you use to treat your illness. How can us as parents and everyday citizen can do to protect or youths form these drugs. In this paper I will give some light on the topic at hand trying to get your attention. Today the kids are exposed to so many different types of drugs. The effects illegal and prescribed drugs have on youths, and some of the ways to identify if your children are using. Drugs are said to have many different types of side effect in children and adults. Not to mention all the peer pressure that comes from friends and the everyday things that the world exposes. Today’s parents must try to have some type of knowledge that can help them keep up with the different types of drugs. These are some of the drugs that we might be familiar with growing up marijuana, cocaine, or crack, acid, opium, and heroin. Today there are new types of drugs like ecstasy, methamphetamine or ice, bath salts, syrups and even prescribed drugs like opioids, Xanax, Valium, Ativan, hydrocodone and Adderall to name a few. These are the drugs that are youths are using to get high on. As parent we should pay close attention to our kids, and look for key things that might help us identify how people act or look when they are under the influence of drugs. “Some of the serious side effects of these drugs can lead to respiratory depression, suicide, heart, lever, lungs and even brain problems. Loss of memory ability to operate machinery and may lead to an over dose casing death in some case. Some lesser side effect can be physical issues like weight loss, sleep difficulties cuts or burns on the arms or legs or track marking from the use of a syringe. There will be intellectual issues like poor school grades or sudden decline in grades, inattention...
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