Teenagers Above the Influence

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Why are parents and schools not doing more to inform teenagers about drugs when studies conducted conclude that the problem with teens and drug use is only getting worse? That is why there needs to be a change in the way things are and the time for that change is now because putting off the subject at hand is never the answer. Parents and schools need to see that the best way to begin to scratch the surface of the problem is through education of the proper information. There are many websites that have all the information that parents and schools need to get teenagers on the right track but that will never happen if they both are not will to admit there is a problem. Even though programs are available, teens are not properly informed about drugs because schools do not offer enough information and parents are not getting involved. Schools today feel that they are doing their part because they invest money in programs to help keep teenagers from using illegal drugs and alcohol. Another problem is that schools think that they have good students and fall into a false sense of security. A Texas teacher’s word summed it up when she stated, "He was a good student, he made A's and B's, and was very popular," said Derrick's English teacher. "I would not have expected he had any kind of problem." (Manning, 1997). The problem is that these programs have little to no impact on the teens. While teenagers are enrolling in these drug prevention groups, most of them are only in them to have another extra-curricular activity on their college resume. There are groups of people that go around doing poles in high schools to see what teenagers really know about drugs. The results from the polls at schools prove that teens are lacking the proper knowledge. Another type of poll that was conducted is one that showed the types of drugs teens use and what percentage of teens that have been using these drugs. As you can see below the number of students that are using Drugs are way too high and the time is now that parents and schools start do something about it!

Not only does there need to be a focus on the growing number of teens using drugs but also the fact that the age that teens start using drugs seems to be getting younger and younger. See there has been studies conducted that show teens are beginning to experiment with drugs at a much younger age. “According to the latest national survey, 40 percent of high school seniors said they had used illegal drugs in the past year. The figure for 10th-graders was 38 percent; for 8th-graders, 24 percent -- proof, say experts, that drug use is beginning at a younger age.” (Manning, 1997). Schools need to wake-up and see the problem for what it is! A good start would be to create new programs that fit the issues facing teenagers today. There are a few ways that schools could find out what problems teens in the community are facing. One way would be to contact the local police department and work together with them to see what type of drugs that they are finding when having run-ins with teens. Another way would be to contact the local hospitals and see what drugs teens were using when they were admitted to the hospital. Once that information is gathered it would give the schools a upper hand on where to begin fixing the problem. While there is still a problem with drugs like Marijuana, LSD, and inhalants; teens have found another way to get high. Prescription drugs seem to be the drug of choice among teenagers and schools need to recognize the problem. Teens naturally turn to school for guidance and if schools are prepared then they could have a positive impact on this problem. The thing is teenagers are influenced by their peers resulting in a false sense of security yet they like the fact that there are rules and want to keep it that way. Most feel that the laws are there for a reason and without them the problems we are facing now would only be worse. While the...
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