Heroin is a powerful and addictive drug. There are an estimated 500 Thousand to 750 thousand heroin addicts in the United States, thousands of whom will die from overdoses each year. Alarming research shows that teenagers and young adults are more likely to become addicts to heroin, almost no one begins heroin after the age of 25. Since heroin is usually injected into your body, many of these young people will share dirty needles and may become infected with Hepatitis or the AIDS virus. All of these trends point to the worrisome fact that more and more young people are becoming addicted to, and dying from heroin. Not only individuals but whole neighborhoods are destroyed by heroin.
In New York, police call a section of Brooklyn “The Well.” Like an open drain, “The Well “not only sucks the life from the addicts who walk it’s streets but also the hope from the officers who police them. In the well, AIDS has spread like wildfire, violence is everywhere. Parents who want to keep their children away from drugs lock their doors and stay in after dark. They organize group expeditions to go shopping, to attend school, or to visit the Maria Hernandez Memorial Park, named for a young mother who was murdered because she dared to oppose drug dealing on her street. The police made 24/7 drug related arrests in the Well in 1992, but the dealers were back on the street within days. Many of those arrested were children, yet another heart-breaking consequence of illegal drug traffic.
As one official put it, “When dealers invade a neighborhood, they become powerful role models, showing children that selling drugs, not hard work, is the route to riches.” This happens in all the major cities not sure why but these people take kids from the outer neighborhoods and show them easy money it is so sad. I know we can’t change the drugs that come into our country but we can change the minds of your small children. Stay in their lives and know what they are doing, stay involved in your children’s activities make sure they are in sports and positive things in school. If we as parents raise our kids and be there for them as a friend and as a parent they will confide in you and you will not fail as a parent and you will feel great about how your kids turn out.
I have two girls, they are great kids and know right from wrong. My 13yr old is at the age where peer pressure can get the best of her, but I try to stay active and positive with her. I often preach to her about the dangers, but I always let her know I will be there for her. I participate in her life by attending sporting events, concerts, and activities she is involved in. By doing this I am in her life in a positive way and I know she is going to turn out GREAT just like my 23yr old daughter. I am so proud of them and by me educating them about the dangers of drugs especially Heroin, I am confident they will not go down this path of destruction.
EDUCATE, POSITIVE REINFORCEMENT, and LET THEM KNOW YOU CARE !!!!