Child Safety: War on Drugs
My son just came home from high school (he's a junior) and told me that his best friend Carlos was taken to the hospital for a drug overdose. A "friend" of theirs gave him some kind of pill at lunchtime, and he took it. He passed out half an hour later, and now he's in the ER. Nobody knows anything else. Nobody knows what the pill was, and of course nobody knows who gave it to him.
I know Carlos. He's been a friend of John's for years. They played on the same soccer team. He's not a "druggie," he's not a party boy or anything. But some kid just gives him a pill and he takes it, with no idea what might happen. I asked John if he would have done the same thing, and he said no. (Of course he said that to his mother!) But then I asked if he thought any of his other friends would just take a pill if it was given to them, just for fun or just to see what would happen. He said, "I don't know."
I don't know. Like it was a possibility, or maybe like it had already happened before and he just didn't want to say so.
They know how dangerous this is. They've known it for years, much more so than we did when we were in high school. They even have a semester of health class where they learn about the dangers of unknown (and known) drugs. But it doesn't seem to have sunk in. It's like there's been a secret society at the school all this time, and we're only learning about it now.
A war on drugs is still going on. It's going on in our schools every day. It's just that there are so many other wars going on right now, it's like we've forgotten about this one. But it's still there, and it's still killing our kids.
I hope Carlos is going to be all right, and I really do believe that John won't touch drugs like that, especially unknown ones. But I don't want any other kids to die. We have to do something.