I live in Canada, but the border we share with the US is practically non-existant on a lot of things. (And on others it’s there for sure: Cows, Soft Lumber, some general views and beliefs, etc. etc.)
Tendencies between both countries are common though, and I wanted to chime in… could make for a very interesting discussion this topic.
First off, Canada (and Canada’s youth) definitely has a different look on drugs (both prescription and street). Canada is actually moving to decriminalize Marijuana (something that the US doesn’t particularly like). The polls are out there that indicate that an increasing number of kids are smoking pot (roughly 40%). This is on par with alcohol use. I can guarantee that marijuana use will surpass alcohol in the younger age ranges.
The amount of street drug use will depend on the school, area of city, and socioeconomic status of the families of the kids that attend. My public high school was in a good part of the city where students were from middle income to a bit above SES.
The biggest drug used for sure was marijuana, but I know that there was Ecstasy, Mushrooms, Acid, and even Crystal Meth (very prominent where I live) were readily available if you really wanted it.
There was never any talk of cocaine or heroin or some of the other hard drugs out there.
I can see this being true to almost any high school in my city, and in my country as well as in most parts of the US (but I’ll let the americans confirm).
So… the street drugs are definitely present and if your daughter wanted to get them she could. It’s all about knowing who to talk to and which crowd you’re in.
Besides the experimentation that goes along with adolescence, it is my opinion that just because the drugs are there it doesnt mean a kid is going to use them. From what I gather, you have a good and trusting relationship with your daughter… my guess is she’ll stay out of it.
In my opinion it’s really how children are raised, the family situation at home, the parents, and in some parts the media, that really influence them…
Definitely a huge problem both in the US and in Canada (but I believe more so in the US – I’m trying to remember the facts from my lectures on anti- psychotics, depressents, etc. etc.)
While I agree with you rantheman that part of the problem is overzealous doctors… the parents that bring their kids to the docs really have the expectation of receiving medication that will instantly fix their child and make them bearable again.
This is a problem of our society. The overuse of drugs. It happens with antibiotics, morphine, ADs… everything. It’s not just the doctors faults, It’s the fault of the direction our society has gone. The pharmaceutical business is absolutely horrid…
Wow, sorry for the length. By the way I’m a 21 year old medical student, so I will be dealing with this all the time. Its very interesting learning about it.