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Education can provide drug use turnaround

drug use turnaround If you watch television or read newspapers, you know a drug problem exists among teenagers today.
   Drugs alter your mind, cause hallucinations, paranoia, and depression. In turn, teens often feel alone, believing suicide is the only way out. Drug use is also a contributing factor in many car crashes, drownings, falls, and burns.
   Marijuana joints today are 10 to 100 times stronger than they were just 10 years ago. A 1992 survey concluded that 22% of high school seniors smoked marijuana, but it's gotten worse. The National Household Survey on Drug Abuse reveals that drug use has doubled since then. So the number of high school seniors who have smoked marijuana jumps from 22% to 44%.
   Drug use sharply dropped throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. In fact, it was nearly cut in half, with an estimated 22.3 million users in 1985 to 11.4 million users in 1992. This was the result of the media, society, and schools sending out the message that drug use is unacceptable and drugs kill.
   Why can't we make a turnaround like that again? We can, through education. America proved that just four years ago.
   Obviously, Americans were on the right track; we need to get back on that track. Drug-addicted or not, teenagers are the future of your country.

Alaina Fox, Skyview Jr. High