“Nagrugby ka ‘no?!” This is often a joke we tell our friends when they say or do something ridiculous. This is because we associate Rugby, a brand of contact cement, to those we see addictively sniffing it in our streets.
We call these “Rugby Boys” because those who sniff Rugby are usually street children. While joking about sniffing rugby is part of Filipino culture, inhalant or rugby sniffing by our youth is no joke.
In one way or another, we may know or witnessed firsthand someone letting their kids taste a little beer or wine at a party. After all, it’s a special occasion and it’s harmless, right?
You know drugs can lead to so many problems: bad performance in school or at work, health complications, family problems, legal problems, and not to mention addiction, which in itself opens a can of worms for the addicted person and his or her family. In other words, drugs is bad news.
Parents sometimes can’t keep track of everything that has been going on in their teens’ lives. Often, their children would even lie or hide things from them as these kids try to enjoy their freedom and experiment with their identity.
It’s not a surprise that teens may even experiment with substances as the price for admission into the “cool crowd” or the party.
But as a parent, how do you know if your child has been drinking? What if he’s been doing drugs?
Here are some signs you should look out for to know whether your child has been drinking or doing drugs:
The school year has well been on its way and many teens and young adults may have experienced being with a new set of friends and getting to know them better as the months have passed.
Some of your friends or classmates may get you to try some things that are new to you or make you uneasy. This is a form of peer pressure, which may come in many other forms. When you are talked or coaxed into trying things or doing something you don’t like, it can be hard to say no. It can be hard to stand up for what you believe in especially when almost everyone around you or in your group is doing something different.
Ecstasy is one of the most common names of the drug called MDMA or methylenedioxymethamphetamine, a stimulant. It is a psychoactive drug that are usually taken for the experience that late-night party goers relish as they dance and revel through the night. However fun it may sound, ecstasy, also known these days as ‘Molly’, has its dangers.
Many people believe that addiction is a disease, as much as any other disease. But when we see a parent in a hospital room tending for a child who is sick, holding his hand, making sure he is comfortable, feeding him to help restore his health…you’ll think it’s much easier to take care of a child when he is sick like that. But with addiction? Taking care of a child with addiction requires something so much different.
Because treating addiction often requires tough love.
Methamphetamine or crystal meth, known in our country as shabu, is the most widely used drug, with about seven million people (10% of the population), using it.
These figures are alarming, because it can mean that one in ten people are addicted to shabu.
Oh, the years of our youth. Being so young, wild, and carefree. But unlike what we used to think then, youth ends. And reality comes biting back.
So if you had a wild, hella great time smoking weed, passing on those joints, dropping acid, popping those pills, and snorting…
Now think again.