Friday, July 29, 2005

Pharming Parties: Kids and Prescription Drugs

According to Carolyn Banta in the Aug 1st issue of Time, "This isn't an ordinary party-it's a pharming party, a get-together arranged while parents are out so the kids can barter their favorite prescription drugs." Columbia University's National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) found that 1 in 10 teens ages 12-17 took prescription drugs illegally in 2003. Is this surprising? Are kids doing more drugs today than they were 20 years ago? We live in a drug crazed society. Peddled everyday on television are drugs for depression, anxiety, sex, energy, migraines, colds, and pain. Children are growing up to believe that drugs are an easy fix to their problems. These numbers and ideologies will continue to grow as long as the drug companies are able to push their products, offered to the public with all the beauty and promise that only an advertising company can create, to everyone and anyone who is old enough to turn on a television. Like cigarretes and alcohol, let's relegate prescription drug advertisements to newspapers and magazines. Let's put the responsibility on doctors to stay current on medicines and treatments. The best teachers lead by example; and more often than not, kids will follow those examples.

5 Comments:

Blogger Idalia said...

You were a very good example to us...you know who I mean. Thanks!!
Idalia

11:37 AM  
Blogger socratic55 said...

more on druga abuse at http://www.mtv.com/news/articles/1506770/20050801/index.jhtml?headlines=true

well its more about supplement use and the media

9:13 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The society we live in today is infected with drugs, you are right, more should be done to regulate and control advertisement.
It was done with alcohol and tobacco, it can be done with drugs as well.

11:33 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Teens are increasingly turning to supplements to enhance their appearance, and the media is fueling an unattainable standard for physical perfection, according to a new study."

This quote from the above article just reinforces the power of the media to affect change. The world's children are unfortunately looked at as consumers with a power to change the market place.

Who is protecting our children?

11:23 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Parents need to be on the look out for signs that their teens are users. It was very obvious to me that my teen was abusing something and it turned out to be rx drugs. He slept almost all the time and became very withdrawn. He is now in rehab hours away from home and that has been very difficult.

3:20 PM  

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