Did you know that alcohol is the most commonly used drug by teenagers? Teenagers, between ages of 12 and 17, drink alcohol on a monthly basis, and 14% of these teens had been intoxicated at least once within the year. Some teens even confess to drinking at least five or more alcoholic drinks in a row. For this reason, underage drinking is quickly becoming a leading problem in the United States. Every year, about 5,000 teens die as a result of underage drinking; this includes car-related accidents, homicides, and suicide.
In American society substance abuse is becoming an increasingly difficult issue to address. What once was predominately a problem of our larger urban cities is swiftly crossing all socio economic barriers and plaguing our homes, neighborhoods, small towns, and rural areas as well. Crack cocaine became a major social problem in the early eighties, where we witnessed a massive wave of addiction, abuse, and homicide as the drug hit our streets! The nineties came with Crystal Methamphetamines, a synthetic drug that can be manufactured in the privacy of your own home, with low cost products that can be purchased at the neighborhood pharmacy. In looking at the aftermath of the drug culture it is clear that drugs are fatally destructive! many have lost loved ones, fathers, mothers, and even their own lives, due to an association with drug abuse of some type. The statistics are pilling up as we see lives lost to the drug trade daily.
The earlier a problem is detected, the easier it is to fix that problem. While this is more pronounced in some areas, it’s true with nearly every kind of trouble people get into. The more time passes, the more damage can occur, and the greater the effort required to overcome and clean up “the mess”.