The Drug of Choice among Students Today

Hello everyone, I hope all is well with you! I’m back today after a couple of weeks of  Blog Hops and Giveaways. It’s good to be back chatting with you!

I was at a Writer’s Group meeting last Saturday. Here’s their  website. http://grandrapidsregionwritersgroup.blogspot.com/

We meet the second Saturday of every month and during lunch, I chatted with a teacher about my Coming of Age Novel I’m writing. While we talked, the conversation turned to the new drug of choice in schools these days.

I was shocked when I learned it was heroin. I was under the impression the drugs of choice among high school and college students were either alcohol or marijuana.

Of course, my next thought was…why heroin? I don’t know about you, but just hearing the name scares me. I’ve heard it’s highly addictive and the withdrawal symptoms are horrendous. Theories as to why are listed below and I got the information from this article:

: http://www.elementsbehavioralhealth.com/drug-abuse-addiction/heroin-use-back-on-the-rise/

1)    Today’s heroin is purer than that of the past, allowing users to easily hide their habit as they can snort or smoke it rather than inject the drug;

2)    It delivers much of the same effects as legal painkillers, such as Oxycotin;

3)    Is much cheaper – as little as $5 a high

This explains some of it, but when I was a teen (many moons ago) 🙂 heroin was scary. I wouldn’t touch the stuff. Unfortunately, in today’s day and age, heroin has lost its stigma. Teens are taking it even though they know about the addictive properties of the drug. In addition, many who go through the withdrawal symptoms and get clean end up going back on it.

Of course, this didn’t make sense to me. So I did some further research and found this article:  http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/alphabet-kids/201006/heroin-use-among-suburban-teens-grows-because-its-no-big-deal

According to this article, being a junkie is no big deal. Heroin seems to have made its way up the social hierarchy. It used to be a drug associated with poverty and homelessness. Now teens are seeing its use growing among their peer group.

It’s that old mentality of if my friend thinks it’s okay, then it must be. Couple that with the overwhelming need to fit in and you’ve got a lethal combination. Heroin isn’t scary anymore.

Unfortunately, heroin use is on the rise across the nation. These are not isolated incidents in New York or Chicago. I’ve found articles about it in states like Indiana and Texas as wells as New York and Illinois.

We’ve all heard the teen years are filled with risk taking behaviors. This article certainly supports that claim:  http://www.soberliving.com/blog/why-is-teenage-drug-abuse-on-the-rise

It states, teens have a sense of entitlement and invulnerability that makes them take more risks. Couple that with the fact heroin is much easier to get than alcohol and again you’ve got a lethal combination.

So, what can you do if you suspect your teen has an addiction? You can all this number: 1-866-323-5609. They will be able to help you. Here’s their website: http://www.soberliving.com/

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to read my article. I’d love to read your thoughts on the subject, so please leave a comment.

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https://lisaorchard.wordpress.com/2013/06/24/ive-got-psychologist-gary-cole-here-and-hes-talking-about-dealing-with-teen-addiction/

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About Lisa Orchard

I'm a Young Adult Author with two new series, "The Starlight Chronicles" and "The Super Spies." The first one's a coming of age series and the second one's a mystery/thriller series. I'm also the mother of two boys who keep me hopping and they're my inspiration for everything. When I'm not shuttling my boys to school or a play date, I'm writing. When I'm not writing, I'm reading, hiking, or sometimes running. I love anything chocolate and scary movies too.
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10 Responses to The Drug of Choice among Students Today

  1. sharonledwith says:

    That is scary, Lisa. My guess would have been Oxycotin, not heroin. I knew it wasn’t cocaine because of the cost. Boy it’s tough to be a kid in this day and age. The best defense is an educated child! Cheers for an informative post!

  2. Alan Tucker says:

    And here I was thinking it might be books! Very scary stuff indeed. I wish more kids could understand how reading is such a better way to escape reality for a little while.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      That’s a good point Alan! Not only is reading a great escape but it’s good for you too! 🙂 It improves self esteem, analytical skills, and social skills. All of that for the price of an e-book! You can’t beat it! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

  3. rick anderson says:

    Lisa, keep up the good work!

  4. Many advocate legalizing drug use which would bring costs even lower, This is so frightening.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      I know. I’ve heard talk of that. It is frightening because it would make the situation even worse. Thanks for stopping by oldthingsrnew. 🙂 I appreciate you taking the time. 🙂

  5. Kari says:

    Scary stuff but important to discuss. My kids are ages 12-20 so drug abuse is a hot topic in our house. My kids tell me all too often about other classmates that drink and smoke pot and take prescription pills. It’s definitely tough growing up these days.

    • Lisa Orchard says:

      It sure is tough growing up these days. I think it’s great though that your kids talk to you about what their classmates are doing. That is a good sign that they’re not doing it! Thanks for stopping by Kari and sharing your thoughts with us! 🙂

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