Addiction Help for Alcohol and Prescription Drugs In Florida
What prescription drugs are being used by kids? According to former DEA agent and renowned drug expert, Robert Stutman, OxyContin, Ritalin and Adderall are most common. In 1969 the average age of first drug use was 16 ½; in 2006 the age was 12. One in four of those 12-year-olds will need addiction help according to the Center for Substance Abuse Research, and they have be dependent on drugs for their entire lifetime.
Because kids are taking prescription drugs so early in life, we’ll probably be looking at a might higher percentage of the population needing addiction help in the future – by 2015, when some of these kids grow up, they’ll be addicted to or dependent on a drug.
One of the biggest problems is that people don’t realize how dangerous these drugs are. But they’re killing people. In 1969 it would be extremely rare to pick up a newspaper and see an article about a kid dying from a drug overdose. In 2008 you can find an article every single day if you look at local papers across the country.
Robert Stutman addressed the drug problem earlier this week, speaking to about 100 parents in Polk County, Florida. Another interesting piece of information – Stutman said that half the 300 students in George Jenkins High School said they drank alcohol weekly. That’s also a bad sign – and there’s also a good chance they’ll also need addiction help.
Prescription drugs and alcohol generally come from people’s homes. If you don’t want your kids to get into trouble and needing addiction help services in the future, keep your alcohol and prescription drugs locked up.