Teen calls attention to drug use perils

Letter to the Editor

By Macey Dozler, Albion, NE

Dear Editor:

Teenage life has always been and always will be rough. As the years go by, it seems to be getting tougher for teens to cope with. In teenage years, there is always the pressure of popularity, looks, intelligence, friends, sex and one five-letter word with a crucial definition: drugs. Many parents think that in smaller towns, the drug usage is not as high as a large town. Sometimes parents are wrong. There are many side effects of doing drugs that people don’t think about until it is too late. Some of these are schooling, money issues, abusive relationships, unwanted pregnancy, family values and even death.

Schooling is one of the most important things that all kids need to succeed in life. Many teens don’t see that when they decide to start using drugs. Many drug users decide to drop out or get a GED. As years go on, more and more students are giving up on their high school education to get a job and support their drug habits. Most jobs don’t hire people without a college degree. To not finish high school is a guarantee to be flipping burgers for the rest of your life at a fast food restaurant, working for minimum wage.

Drugs are not free, nor are they cheap. Many teens who use drugs have stolen money or property from family members or other citizens to pawn off or trade for drugs. This creates big trust issues within a family and can create legal trouble. Many drug consumers spend their money on illegal substances and forget about personal hygiene, food, shelter or paying bills. Users often end up becoming strippers, prostitutes or private dancers to feed their addiction, because that’s the only job they can obtain with their unhealthy habit.

Complete Letter in Albion News Print Edition.