In recent years, the issue of drug use among children and teenagers has escalated to alarming proportions, making it a matter of paramount concern for parents, educators, healthcare professionals, and policymakers alike. This rising epidemic has far-reaching implications that need to be addressed urgently.
Factors surrounding the abuse of drugs among youth rest solely on peer pressure and social media. Other factors include family dynamics and stress. The urge to feel equal, powerful and respected among peers has led many into the habit of drug abuse. Low self-esteem could also be the primary cause of peer pressure. Youths tend to abuse drugs to escape the realities of life, while boldly transforming from a low self-esteemed person to a courageous and strong-willed youth.
It is popularly known that what we see affects our reasoning. The same thing applies to what youths watch on social media, which has both a good and bad side. Definitely, a youth watching videos of other youths and adults abusing drugs will also love to try it out, thus leading to an increase in the misuse of drugs.
However, to further avoid growth in the increase of drug abuse, preventive measures and early interventions are needed to curb the misuse of drugs. It is important to administer early preventive measures to avoid long-term consequences of the abuse of drugs in society. Effective programs and initiatives that schools and parents can implement to educate children about the dangers of drug abuse include:
Drug Education Curriculum
Schools can implement comprehensive drug education programs as part of their curriculum. These programs should be age-appropriate and cover topics like the risks associated with drug use, the impact on physical and mental health, and refusal skills to resist peer pressure.
Peer Counseling Programs
Train students to become peer counsellors who can offer guidance and support to their peers dealing with substance abuse issues. Peer counsellors can create a safe and non-judgmental environment for discussions.
School Policies and Enforcement
Enforce strict drug policies within schools with clear consequences for drug-related offences. Ensure that these policies are communicated clearly to students and parents.
Foster a supportive and inclusive school environment that promotes positive behaviours and discourages drug use. Recognize and reward students for making healthy choices.
In addition, Drug abuse has Terrifying consequences on a child’s physical & mental health, academic performance, relationships and prospects. Consequences that range from emotional setbacks to ruined futures can be avoided if youths are taught and enlightened on the danger involved in the misuse of drugs. Long-term consequences are loss of memory, addiction and dependence on drugs to live, legal problems and financial burden.
Conclusively, parents have to play a pivotal role in curbing the growth of drug abuse in society. They must stress the dangers involved in drug abuse and its long-term consequences. Parents should collaborate with schools, organizations and the media to educate their children, and provide tips and guidance on preventive measures against the abuse of drugs. Parents should painstakingly instruct their kids about the use of drugs and their various functions. By doing so, we tend to have a healthy and happy society free from crimes and sad tales.