Australia has a Youth Drug Addiction problem with Children as Young as Twelve

Posted by PITHOCRATES - June 29th, 2013

Week in Review

Some in the U.S. say marijuana is no more dangerous than alcohol.  And support moves to decriminalize it.  Others say that if it’s legal our children may be more inclined to try it.  And then move on to harder drugs.  Preposterous say the proponents of marijuana.  The same arguments have been made against the repealing of Prohibition.

Of course, once you start drinking hard liquor there are no harder liquors to move on to.  For there is only one ‘drunk’.  And most kids find the taste of hard liquor icky.  Discouraging some from drinking.  Drugs, though, don’t taste icky.  And there are many different ‘highs’.  Where uses often seek out a better high with each drug-induced trip.  So there is a difference between drugs and alcohols.  And the more readily available drugs are the more kids will find a way to use them (see Online drug buys harm children – Gold Coast Bulletin News posted 6/25/2013 on The Australian Hub).

GOLD Coast children as young as 12 have been left crippled with psychotic episodes, paranoia and anxiety after taking synthetic drugs found on the internet…

“Some users end up with minor anxiety issues, while some have complete psychotic breakdowns,” she said.

Ms Morris, who rehabilitates children with drug problems, warned residents the city had a systemic problem with youth addiction.

“The transient nature of the Gold Coast means children are surrounded by party drugs and synthetics at a quite young age,” Ms Morris said.

“While the average age of our patients is around 15 or 16, we occasionally deal with children as young as 12.”

Her warnings come after 17-year-old Henry Kwan died earlier this month when he jumped from the third floor balcony of his family home in Killara, Sydney, while high on synthetic LSD…

“When young developing minds are exposed to the dangerous chemicals, the risk of long-term damage is increased.”

Youth addiction problem?  Children as young as 12?  Because they are surrounded by party drugs?  And can buy them on the Internet?  It would seem the more readily available drugs are the more likely kids will become addicts.  Die from an overdose.  Or jump out of a window while high on a hallucinogenic.  Something that just doesn’t happen with alcohol.  So there is a difference between alcohol and drugs.  And drugs are clearly more harmful to our children.  And truth be told they aren’t all that good for the adults either.

Decriminalizing marijuana won’t make these problems better.  They will only make them worse.  For it is a lot easier for children to get something that isn’t illegal.  Just look at the number of kids smoking cigarettes.

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