Tag Archive: One Tree Hill


Flipping the channels over the long holiday weekend, I came across an
episode of “Good Times.”   A frequent viewer of the show in the rerun
years, I watched two episodes.   I had not seen these, but they left a
lasting impression on me.

The premise of this episode was J.J.
planning on skipping his prom and eloping with his high school
girlfriend.   While that was the plot, the subplot began to grab more of
my attention.   Turns out, J.J.’s girlfriend had a secret heroin
problem.    Well through a series of mixups… the family discovers the
heroin.     So through a little subterfuge, they have Thelma call, and
request that the dealer bring more to the Evans home.   Of course James
is ready to ring this “dealer’s” neck, as is the father of the
girlfriend.

When the knock comes at the door, they grab the collar
of a small boy.    He smugly tells them that they can take his supply,
but he has much more.   He also tells them that he will distribute
plenty of it on the playground at school.    I thought to myself that
this social commentary from 1974 still applied today.

Kids are
arrogantly stealing medicine, buying and selling it, and using it
without fear.  Heroin has been surging.   If you don’t believe me,
GOOGLE your major metropolitan city on the internet with “drugs and
teens.”

Here in Southern California, one of the top writers at the
Orange County Register recently painted the bleak picture about the
drug epidemic in our schools, and with our teens.   You can read that
column clicking HERE.

Perhaps
now, these family shows can remind people, that drugs are deadly, and
they destroy families.    One Tree Hill had a small scene about drugs
and home drug testing, but we aren’t talking about children as young as 8
and 9.   When will we deliver a message to help our growing youth.
TV shows should not pretend that adolescence is always a bowl of
cherries as depicted on iCarly, Wizards of Waverly Place, and So
Random.    These shows could do a lot by teaching children and their
parents that drugs are still a major problem in our community today.

 

 

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One Tree Hill is a show that airs on CW.      It centers around some early 20 somethings as they experience life after college.     The show doesn’t normally fall on the radar of my DVR, but it will tonight.   The listing for the show includes, Chase asks Alex to take a drug test.  I don’t know how the episode will play out, or whether Alex has a drug problem on the show, but this is a good example of how loved ones, using drug testing, to save the people they love.

In talking with parents, many say they feel that drug testing their child at home is not a sign of love.     However, talk with a parent who lost their child to drugs.   They will tell you that they didn’t love them enough.    They didn’t recognize the signs.   They didn’t address the problems.    Oftentimes, family members, especially parents, are the last ones to admit that their teenager has a problem.

Remember.   You test them because you love them.

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