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Dr. Drew's Advice On Teens, Drugs And Alcohol
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The biggest problem we're having in teens right now is the pharmaceutical medications -
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Dr. Drew's Advice On Teens, Drugs And Alcohol
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Well, the biggest problem we're having in teens right now is the pharmaceutical medications - oral opiates and benzodiazepine medications. Teens generally have a trend whereby there is an inverse relationship between perceived harm and probability of use. Teens are not dumb. If they think something's going to hurt them, if they believe that - again, they have to get the information from a source that they trust - if they believe something's going to hurt them, they're less likely to do it. So generally, we're making inroads in the areas of hallucinogenics and other illicit drugs like cocaine and speed, but pharmaceuticals are still growing massively. And naturally so, right? We are a pill society. Open your medicine cabinet. I challenge anybody listening, go open it and see if you don't find an opiate pain medication, a sleeping pill or a benzodiazepine. And on top of that, psychostimulants like Adderoll or Ritalin. Kids look at that first and go, "Well, the stimulants, Judy's been on that since she was 12 years old and she's fine, how dangerous could that be?" Or "Vicodin, what's the big deal? Mom had that in her closet after dental work, there's 40 pills sitting there, they've been there for three months, it's no big deal." That's kind of how they think about it. But in reality the benzodiazepines, the Valium class medications - Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Librium, whatever. Those and opiates - Oxycontin, Vicodin, Norco, Hydrocodone - and the psychostimulants like Adderoll and Ritalin are amongst the most addictive. Particularly the benzos and the opiates are the most addictive compounds they could be exposed to. So they're very powerful drugs with a high potential of all sorts of consequences as a result of their use: unwanted sexual contact, car accidents, generalized accidents, not breathing, aspiration. These all happen with these drugs. And triggering addiction, there's a very high probability.
The biggest problem on college campuses is that their social environment, particularly in the early years of college, is so unnatural, this whole hook-up culture is so stressful and so unnatural that kids use drugs and alcohol to manage their feelings around this experience that they have to contend with. It's very hard to go out and, you know, have the cornerstone of your social life be a random hook-up. That is extremely difficult for these kids to handle and so they get loaded to handle it.
We've had 8-year-olds call in. It's not comfortable to talk to 8-year-olds. We commonly have 12, 13, 14-year-olds calling in. We try to carefully contain what we talk to those kids about. I would not advise anyone under 15 years of age to listen to our program.
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