Causes and Effects of Youth Cocaine Abuse

One of the biggest problems professionals have to encounter when dealing with drug abuse patients is the phenomenon of youth cocaine addicts. Parents, grandparents, school teachers, and family friends, are actually the most intimate group of people whose sphere of attention a kid or a teenager has to surpass without letting them notice that something has changed in his or her behavior as a drug addiction is slowly emerging. Youth cocaine abuse has entered the homes of many “civilized” and “peaceful” types of neighborhoods. But although parents feel tremendously threatened just by considering the idea that their innocent-looking kid or young teenager was given not only the opportunity, but has had the curiosity of experiencing how it feels “to be high on cocaine,” they do not dare open up Pandora’s box and begin a dialogue that might save their child’s life.

A parent should be aware that cocaine and crack come from the leaves of the coca plant, which grows primarily in South America. Cocaine is processed into white powders which people snort or melt and inject. Crack is further processed into a substance that can be smoked. Cocaine acts on the brain and is a highly addictive drug. Because crack is smoked, and allows high doses to reach the brain rapidly, crack is even more addictive.

Cocaine stimulates the central nervous system. Its immediate effects include dilated pupils and elevated blood pressure, heart rate, respiratory rate, and body temperature. Occasional use can cause a stuffy or runny nose, while chronic use can ulcerate the membrane of the nose. Injecting cocaine with contaminated equipment can cause AIDS, hepatitis, and other diseases. In addition, crack is extremely addictive, and its effects are felt within 10 seconds. The physical effects include dilated pupils, increased pulse rate, blood pressure, insomnia, loss of appetite, tactile hallucinations, paranoia, and seizure. The use of cocaine or/and crack can cause death by cardiac arrest or respiratory failure.

However, the history of cocaine does not portray it as being “evil.” Cocaine leaves where chewed by the Indians of Peru. Line drawing on pottery show evidence that coca chewing was part of the culture as early as 3,000 BC and its effects on mood and behavior were very much appreciated by Indians. The coca plant was considered to be a gift of the Gods and was used during religious rituals and other specific purposes. At some point it became a practice to pay the Indians in coca leaves for their work, forcing enormous amounts of work from them, despite difficult conditions since they were not fully aware of their situation. Coca was highly regarded in the 1880-1890’s and many prominent figures advocated the therapeutic use of cocaine.

But how and why young individuals start using cocaine? There is no single answer to that question. Usually drug use starts in response to peer pressure. Young people naturally want to “fit-in” and to be accepted by their classmates or friends. Unfortunately, a number of other factors can lead a mislead kid or teenager to try cocaine or crack. According to experts, apathy and inertia are some of the factors that can direct a child towards drug abuse. Moreover, insufficient or false information may be the cause. Research studies have shown that once involvement with drugs begins, all too often follows a predictable sequence leading to problems, such as crime incidents, imprisonment sentences, or even deaths, due to the use of drugs.

Users of cocaine have said that using the drug was more important than food, sex, friends, family, or jobs. Their main concern was how to ease the undesirable physical effects being without the drug. Use of drugs, such as cocaine is unusual in those who have not previously used alcohol, tobacco and/or marijuana. No individual can predict whether he or she will become addicted or whether the next dose of cocaine will prove fatal. Thus, parents should be aware and not afraid to discuss this subject with their kids. Lack of interest and isolation can lead a child to a path no parent wishes it to experience.

Education – Key to Tackling Youth Drug Abuse

In these days, the number of the youth drug uses is increasing, which posed a very serious problem not only to the family but also to the whole society. It is suggested that the adding education and antidrug legislation efforts should be strengthened to call on young people to stay away from drugs. The most effective ways should be adopted to stem the tide of alcohol and drug use among their students.

Tackling the drug problem is tough and complex. The drug-related crimes already endanger the order of the society. Drug abuse becomes a national priority concern, so the society needs to respond quickly and effectively to prevent the problem from getting out of hand; otherwise, new problems will emerge, which is much harder to tackle combined with the drug.

Education is believed the most powerful weapon in tackling drug abuse, especially among the young people. Therefore, the educational means should be adopted and stepped up to gain round the danger of the drug abuse. Once they know well about the harm of the drug addiction, they will consciously stay away from the drug.

Fighting against to the drug crisis, local school districts are required to implement comprehensive substance abuse programs. Many councils have been set up to coordinate community and school prevention and educational efforts.

Drug abuse should not be limited to the young people; instead, the whole society should receive the educational programs on the drug abuse. The adult can set a good example to the young people. Living in the drug-free society, the youth are less likely to addict the drug.

In fact, drug abuse presents the most serious drug-related health and social concern in our country. Therefore, care should be taken to eliminate the drug abuse among the young people and create instead, meaningful, useful, socially productive roles for teenagers in our society.

Anti-Drug Education For You

Illegal street drugs, their use and abuse, arguably, can be considered the nation’s (if not the world’s) number one societal problem. So what can we, each one of us, do to assist in the slow-down and prevention of druggie influence in our lives? And what is the singular thing that we must do to stop the drug culture from its selfish goal of foisting its dangers upon our youngsters and other friends? We know we must slow down and prevent the growing abuse of such drugs as marijuana, ecstasy, meth, heroin, PCP (angel dust), and LSD, to list only a few.

Marijuana, alone, contains 400 chemicals in its smoke, 60 of which are proven to cause cancer. Two things happen to a pot smoker: 1) There is an immediate burn-up of vitamins and minerals in the body, and 2) The nervous system changes and the nerves in the body go numb. Unless treated, these unhealthy body and mental conditions remain a lifelong problem.

The key goal is EDUCATION.

We can spread the word about the tragic effects of street drugs upon the mind and bodies of all who use them. The first thing we need to confront is to take ownership of the problem. We need to realize that the problem of the presence of drugs in our society is OUR problem. It is not confined only to the “other guy,” such as school teachers and administrators, hospital personnel, or those in troublesome, run-down neighborhoods. Each one of us has to face the reality that “It’s my problem” and what can I do to help, even in some small way?”

There is a valid analogy here between today’s problem of curbing the growing use of illicit drugs in our society and curbing the unchallenged habits of excessive smoking that existed some 25 to 30 years ago. As the bad habit of excessive smoking was more and more challenged (in other words, as more people got behind the fight against smoking), the decline of smoking began to take hold. And as we look back and analyze the progress we have made in the anti-smoking campaigns over these past 25 to 30 years, we can say with pride, “We did it, we all did it. Each in our own way.” We confronted the problem head-on. We did not allow ourselves to think “it’s not my problem, it’s the problems of the schools, the hospitals, the police stations, and the courts across the nation.”

The good news is that we can readily and easily educate, and re-educate, right from our own homes, businesses, clubs, churches, or charities at a very low cost to each one of us? Society’s goal must be to fight against drug trafficking, which leads to lives of despair, depression, violence, incarceration, and even murder and suicide. “It can’t happen to me,” we say. The statistical fact is that there is no community in America in which drugs are not a pervasive problem.

Almost all drugs affect the mind. When a person thinks of something, he gets a mental image picture of it. A person on drugs no longer sees those pictures quickly and clearly. Instead he becomes stupid, blank, and irresponsible. He becomes “wooden,” unfeeling, and unable to do things. He believes things that are false.

My number one project is to distribute one or two booklets that educate readers about the dangers of illegal street drugs. I have set up a website: [http://waragainstdrugs.org], which I urge you to open. Go to my website, and order the two sample booklets being offered. These booklets can help you educate youth (and adults) around you. One booklet is titled, Ten Things Your Friends May Not Know About Drugs. The other is How to Talk to Kids About Drugs. If you are in a business or profession or serve as a club leader or are on a fund-raising committee, these booklets help. You can have your business or professional name printed on the back page or you can find sponsors and have their names or logos printed on the back pages. They’re great fund-raisers–and they’re fun for your boys’ or girls’ clubs, or for the Optimists, Rotarians, Kiwanians, Knights of Columbus or women’s Clubs. Just go to the website: [http://waragainstdrugs.org] for details.