Stressed-out kids doing drugs? Stop reaching for that crutch
So this story in the St. Petersburg Times last week gave me quite a start: The student paper at Lakewood High School surveyed the kids there about using drugs. The editor said they figured they would find that peer pressure was the driving force behind drug use. But instead the students said they used drugs to cope with all the stress they were dealing with.
Okay, I get that being a student these days is a lot different from back when I was in school. Kids in elementary school are now doing some of the things that I didn't do until I was in junior high (showing my age with that, right?) There is also a lot of pushing by parents to excel. So, maybe they are feeling stressed out, much more than we were as kids.
What I don't understand is this: If they think they are stressed now, what will happen when they become adults and have to deal with the stress of possible unemployment, pay cuts, taking care of a family, being responsible for their own actions?
Talk about stress -- if that is the factor, then everybody should be smoking weed to relax. But we're not, because we know that drugs aren't the answer, and actually can make things worse. If you don't believe me, ask this guy here, now facing manslaughter charges for driving under the influence of pot.
Take it from us Mommas, kids, there are plenty of healthier ways to deal with stress -- exercise, for instance. Don't make it a habit to deal with stress by reaching for a crutch now, or you're liable to still be reaching for one when you're older too, and facing challenges where there's a lot more at stake than the grade on your mid-terms.
-- Sherry Robinson