Oprah Winfrey - Drugs in School 

Oprah Winfrey - Drugs in School 
Posted by FoM on October 08, 1999 at 17:22:25 PT
The Inside Story
Drugs in schools has become a suburban, upper-middle class problem. Children as young as nine years old say they can easily buy any drugs from marijuana to heroin at school. 
Several suburban middle class students where asked how prevalent drugs where at their schools and parents may be surprised by their answers: "I've been offered pot, cocaine and mushrooms." "Using marijuana isn't even considered using drugs." "I've seen people holding up bags of weeds to sell them, just in the halls of school." "It's easy to sell drugs at school and kids get good at selling them" Out of ControlOprah spoke with several teens about their experiences with drugs and why they decided to go into rehab. Fourteen year-old Chris started taking drugs when he was nine just because he liked getting high. After the drugs started to damage his body he decided it was time to get some help. Kelly started taking drugs when she was 12 years old just because everyone else was taking drugs. She decided to quit after watching a boyfriend suffer and die from a heroin overdose. Seventeen year-old Sean started taking drugs when he was 12 years old. He said his heroin addiction ruined his life and he had to lose everything before deciding to quit. Talk to Your Children Parents need to understand that drug use starts much earlier than one might think, and that it's important to talk with your children about how drug addiction can have a negative impact on the hopes and dreams you have for them. The late elementary years are when children may have to make their first decision about alcohol  whether to drink or not to drink. If their experience is a positive one, they may be more willing to experiment with other drugs  this is a time when it's important to really talk about things. If you'd like a transcript of today's program, or any program, click here to order one from Burrelle's Transcripts for five dollars. Oprah Show - The Inside Scoop:October 8, 1999Friday's Show: Drugs in School with MarijuanaSome experts say that marijuana use could lead to more serious drug use. What do you think?POLL: Warning Signs Around the House PaxilTuesday, October 26  9:00 PM - 10:00 PM EST Investigative Reports The Junkie Next Door: Women and Heroin.
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Comment #1 posted by erika knapp on March 29, 2000 at 09:30:45 PT
its unbelievable what goes on in the schools parents and teachers just dont realize....
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