Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Kids these days

I just read an article in Family Circle called 'Hard Candy' and I am dumbfounded to say the least. It is a four page article on teen pill-poppers. The stats are awful. There are cutesy nicknames for the different varieties. What happened to good old pot-smokers? Not that I condone marijuana but after reading the article I'm thinking I'd rather parent a pot-head than a 13 year old that steals pills and cough medicine out of her grandparents medicine cabinet because her parents locked up the home goods.

I didn't end up reading the entire article. Because 1) I'm at work & 2) I just had to tell someone (I guess everyone) how outrageous this is. From what I did read there were two small parts of the article randomly stood out to me. The first was the advice that "Even if your child is behaving normally, check his backpack, room and car for empty blister-packs or cough syrup bottles". SERIOUSLY?? The second part was the advice to go to their school's drug counselor if you are confused about any slang you overhear. Is it just me or is anyone else wondering when schools began hiring Drug Counselors??

I must say I knew a few kids that tried drinking entire bottles of Robitussin to supposedly hallucinate but I only heard of it that one time. The rest of the time they were seeking out the usual illegals. Maybe that's it... Are kids these days just too stupid or lazy to get the real deal? Again, I do not condone drugs it's just the ridiculousness of this teen high that's got me reeling.

Anyone else have any thoughts on this?? You can read the article on the Family Circle site.