Problem is, education is just the start. You've let them know what the drugs can do to them; now you need to give them a life that's less painful than that.
Let's face it, we treat kids in general (and teenagers in particular) like garbage (in the USA, anyway). What should be the most joyful part of a person's life more often ends up being the most painful. Kids hurt, and contrary to popular belief, they're not stupid. Give them the chance, and they will self medicate.
A local fairgrounds had a rave party last weekend; they expected 11,000 people, and over 22,000 showed up. Eleven people required medical attention, most for drug related problems, and two that got in a knife fight. I heard this, and my first thought was that they need to hold these things more often, because these kids obviously have a real need to blow off some steam. Anticipate the large crowds, and set up the infrastructure accordingly, and all should be well, right? Nope. What they're going to do instead is ban these types of parties altogether.
Eleven people out of 22,000 get out of hand, and they're going to ban the damn things. Is it any wonder so many kids think getting high is the only way to have fun?
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