Some things never change, despite decades of awareness and publicity, bad choices are still taking young lives.
This has to be one of the saddest but more true "old sayings" that keep coming around and for the purpose of this blog, it joins "What a shame that youth is wasted on the young". At my old age of 51, seeing kids OD - ing on heroin or anything else for that matter really drives me nuts. With all the publicity out there nowadays and the programs available, the awareness of the health risks of drugs and the new era fitness craze going on, what in God's name is making kids still mess with junk they KNOW will kill them, stuff that has the reputation for decades of being just plain bad ? The 60s and 70s had all the drug experimentation we needed, and research done, and programs started, funerals attended, celebs dead, and all the law suits we needed to hold people accountable for "pushing" dangerous drugs upon children, teens and adults. Then I remember a move towards better health consciousness in the early 80s and into the 90s with the post Arnold Bodybuilding craze and so many people getting into running, biking, hiking, and all sorts of sneakers out there, and the big companies such as Nike and Addidas with all the sports apparel, and unless I'm nuts there was a slow down of all the bad drug use we heard of 10 - 15 years past. We all knew what was real bad and addictive, and we all knew - again thanks to all the awareness and publicity and anti drug ads - what to stay away from for simple fear of death. But then things changed I guess, the "Grundge" look came about in the mid-later 90s and all the baggy clothes and suddenly kids had no interest in fitness and it was easy to hide behind layers of 3 size too big shirts and jeans. Obesity soared, and couchs and video games became more of the trend than gyms and biking or just getting outside. So hear we are in the 2000s and moving into the 2000-teens, and although clothes got to be a little more form fitted again, and people have become more body-aware again and gym memberships have risen and I'm seeing more teens get into the gyms (although they have no clue what is correct and their school coaches seem to know even less), it's all good and a better move towards health and well being. We see Planet Fitness commercials and The Arnold Sports Festival attracting hundreds of thousands in attendance. BUT still kids are driving drunk, OD - ing on drugs and if not killing themselves, they are making real bad choices (and adults too) that are landing them in vegetative states. It's all very very sad, and I pray that whatever is missing in bringing up our kids (because in my opinion adults should know better), is brought back into their lives. This is a great age, of technology and knowledge, and so many options despite the lousy economy, are available to pursue, and yet ..... HEROIN ???? Something that we have known for 40+ years will kill you, is being used by kids ??? R u kidding me ??? What's missing, what are the parents not doing, what are the teachers not teaching and from what examples are kids learning everything what NOT to do ??
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