Iowa Addresses Dangers Of Adolescent Substance Abuse

Many kids begin using illicit substances at a young age, and parents are typically oblivious to the signs of drug use. In an effort to further educate the local community, Lincoln High School administrators recently held a presentation to educate individuals on the dangers of drugs and alcohol, according to the Des Moines Register.

Parents and administrators alike have recently grown concerned with the amount of substance abuse among kids in Lincoln, Iowa. Mike Rozga, a local parent, was the keynote speaker at the event. His son committed suicide after smoking K-2 cigarettes in 2010 shortly after graduating from high school. Many of the ingredients in these cigarettes can cause dangerous side effects, such as hallucinations and seizures. Rozga’s goal was to educate parents on these substances and other legal drugs that kids are turning to in order to get high.

Marijuana and underage drinking continue to be problems as well in the community. School administrators encouraged parents to talk to their children about the dangers that come with engaging in these reckless activities.

Approximately 29 percent of public high school students say they can easily obtain illicit substances, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. Drug rehab programs can help kids who are struggling with addiction.