When you tell a parent that their child could be using drugs, or know someone on drugs, it usually falls on deaf ears.
“Not my kid.”
“Not our schools.”
“Not in our community.”
These three phrases are some of the common responses you get.
Parents don’t want to believe that their child, or a child that they know could be abusing prescription drugs, because they visualize a “strung out junkie” when you refer to opiate abusers.
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But these so-called junkies aren’t long haired, dirty, recluses, who barely make it to school. These kids who are popping pills are school are high school athletes, popular kids, and straight A students.
A police officer in the Houston, Texas area just finished an undercover operation that spanned two years. And the revealed her discoveries to TV station KHOU.
She was on campus and in the classroom the day 16 kids were sickened by prescription drug use. 8 were hospitalized, and paramedics treated another 8 at school.
“There were several kids in my classes, you know, passing the pills and selling them, giving them to each other. Whenever they had consumed them, they were just falling down the stairs, falling out of their seats,” said the officer.
Along with pills, she said cocaine was very popular on high school campuses. Marijuana was the drug of choice, and prevalent, at middle schools.