As the years go by, overdoses from drugs and alcohol are becoming more and more common. In the last few years alone we have seen record numbers of deaths in teens due to drugs or suicide. These are scary times that we live in, and you can never be sure what someone is going through. That’s why we believe in open conversations between family members.
The average life span is being shortened because of the deadly drugs that are available these days. That is a horrific statistic. What might seem like a pleasurable high is really a few years of your life being thrown away.
In the last few years, the death rates from drug overdoses have risen at least 5%. Experts believe that if we don’t change our course of action, we could have a serious epidemic on our hands. One of the scariest parts of the possible epidemic is the fact that we are seeing kids younger and younger overdose on these drugs.
For many parents, this is causing quite an anxiety. Nobody wants his or her kids to be next. If you are a parent reading this, read some of our other articles on noticing the signs of addiction. It is vital that you get your teenager in as soon as possible if you suspect illicit drug addiction or use. There are so many stories of that one time a student took a pill and never woke up again.
There are many causes why the ages of overdose is always changing and currently lowering.
Some of these reasons include:
- Ease of hiding substances (think Juul, Vapes, mini shots, pills)
- Lower cost (many report prices of various drugs dropping)
- Over-prescription from dentists, or other doctors
- Unsafe care if of parents medicine.
There are studies from SAMHSA that report they found kids as young as 13 using drugs and alcohol, and this is very alarming to us. The brain of these children is not fully formed, and this can lead to further problems with addiction.
If you suspect that your child is overdosing, or has used drugs, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Don’t let your child become another statistic. In the last three years there were over 300,000 kids younger than 17 that were using narcotics.
The symptoms to look out for are:
- Sneaking around
- Losing money
- Smelling like drugs
- Sleepy all the time
- Red eyes
- Uncontrollable moods
- Talking about drugs all the time
If you notice your teen or you is experiencing any of these symptoms, it may be time for help. No matter how young or old you are, it is never too early or too late. We have had clients as young as ten years old. We have special treatments for youth and do not ask any questions until we need to; we take the child under our care and can help rehabilitate the family as well if needed.
Many people are surprised the age of addicts is getting lower, but we believe it is our society making it acceptable. We want to teach you ways out of this thinking.