By Douglas Talbott, M.D.
illions of children are engaged in healthy sports activities. Some will become professional athletes or the Olympic champions of tomorrow. Do you ever wonder what makes these "superstars"? What gives them the edge over everyone else?
Answer: Having a healthy mind and body and staying away from drugs!!!
The first use of alcohol and illegal drugs can only lead to serious trouble, even death! Diet pills are drugs too, and are very dangerous. Don't be tempted!
No. 1 Killer: Cigarettes And Smoking!
No. 2 Killer: Alcohol. Wine, Beer, Cocktails, And Wine Coolers
No. 3 Killer: The Mixture Of Marijuana, Beer And Driving!
Other Killer Drugs
Answers To The 8 Most Asked Questions About Drugs
Is it safe to drive after smoking pot?
Absolutely not! The short-term effect of pot can last for 24 hours. This means that your coordination, reaction, timing and sight are very poor. Long-term effects can cause damage to your lungs, liver, and sex organs.
What is the best way to resist pressure from friends to take drugs?
Tell them that "I know what drugs have done to people I have heard about or seen on TV. Drugs are not for me. I have other interests and do not need drugs to have fun."
Which drug is the worst, cocaine or heroin?
They are both deadly and highly addictive. Cocaine speeds up your heart and makes you hyperactive. Heroin slows you down and makes you kind of lazy. It can give you AIDS if you inject it with a dirty needle.
Why do people get drunk from beer and alcohol?
They drink too much at one time. Everybody has a different tolerance for alcohol depending on his or her physical conditions. Alcohol dulls the reactions of the brain and the nervous system. Heavy drinking reduces sugar in the blood causing dizziness, confusion, and vomiting.
If steroids make you stronger, why should I not use them like other kids my age?
Steroid (anabolic) use among youth is a growing drug abuse problem. Steroids do increase your weight and muscle strength, but they can be very harmful-especially to young people. They can cause severe acne (pimples), and damage to your heart, kidneys, and sex organs. Steroids will also cause aggressive and violent behavior.
Which is worse, beer, wine, or whiskey?
All alcoholic beverages are drugs and can be dangerous, addictive, and deadly. One ounce of whiskey contains the same amount of alcohol as one glass of wine or one can of beer.
My sister is pregnant. Will smoking cigarettes hurt her or the baby?
If your sister smokes daily, chances are she will become a heavy smoker after high school. There is an increased incidence of stillborn death (baby dying before birth) and growth retardation in babies born to mothers who smoked during pregnancy.
What happens if my child is at a party that is busted by the police?
In Pennsylvania, the police have the right to book your child. If convicted, your child will lose their driving license for a minimum of 6 months. If your child does not have a license yet, he/she will not be permitted to obtain one for a minimum of 6 months. The above may occur even if your child was not drinking.
Parents may receive a call from the police requesting the parent’s presence at the home of a party that was busted. The police may require parent’s presence before checking for alcohol. Please make your child aware of this law.
By Charles R. Schuster, Ph.D., the director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NMA) in Washington, D.C.
Saying No To Drugs Is Not Easy, So Here’s Some Help
Question: I am in sixth grade. All my friends tease me because I have not smoked marijuana or tried other drugs. They say it is the best way to cool off from all the stuff we have to do at school, like practices. They say it is not bad for you, and even that most of our parents did it, so why not. I am confused and I just do not think I want to do it, but I want to keep my friends, too.
Answer: Nothing is tougher than ear listening to that "still, small voice inside" when outside voices roar with very different messages. It is very difficult to resist the pressure friends put on us. We all want to be accepted, especially by our friends.
One thought to consider is that your friends might be looking for a different kind of leader, one who resists such pressures.
The bold truth is, we all want to be happy. We all want to be popular. We all want to learn skills to help us be successful adults.
Marijuana and other drugs are not the ticket to success. Instead, talk with adults, family members, and others you can trust. They will help.
Even though perfection may be impossible to achieve...Never stop reaching for it.