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Prescription drug abuse – Thoughts on Justin Bieber and other celebs

I woke up this morning to the news of Justin Bieber in jail after failing a sobriety test and drag racing. Reports say that he was pulled over just after 4am this morning after driving in a residential area of Miami Beach. Where the story gets really interesting is that Bieber admitted to having beer, marijuana and prescription drugs in his system.

In the past few weeks there have also been speculations of Bieber consuming “sizzurp”, a dangerous drink with prescription-strength cough syrup. While there are no reports yet of this morning’s indecent involving the cough medicine, I think it’s worth mentioning.

One of the more famous rappers at the moment, Lil Wayne, has also been accused of using this prescription drugs to the point of seizures resulting in hospitalization. Even the Seattle based Macklemore has a song called “Otherside” where the lyrics are on this very topic. Other celebrities including Ludacris and Three 6 Mafia also have similar songs. And don’t forget about Miley Cyrus’ on stage support of marijuana at the MTV EMA’s earlier this year.

I am not sure why this is being glamorized so much in the media lately. It is very important to remember that drugs and drug addictions are a very serious matter. Abusing prescription drugs is just as dangerous as abusing illicit drugs.

If you have children or teenagers that may be easily influenced by the media, please take a moment to speak with them about the real dangers of abusing medications.

According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) among kids that are 12 to 17 years old, 14.8% of high school seniors reported past-year nonmedical use of prescription medications.

If you are looking for additional information, check out NIDA as it is a website to educate adolescents ages 11 through 15 (as well as their parents and teachers) on the science behind drug abuse. They also have a great blog geared towards teens written by Sara Bellum. Yes, that’s a play on words.

There is also a drug and alcohol prevention resource for parents called The Parent Toolkit.  I really like their Drug Guide for Parents. It will help keep you informed.

What are your thoughts on all this? Please feel free to share your thoughts in the comments below.


 

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