Manufacturers of addiction-prone illegal substances keep coming up with ingenious and creative ways to lure teenagers into abuse. In popular media, drugs are also considered "cool" and are effective ways to make a person famous.
This information was shared by Lynn Riemer, who works as president of ACT on Drugs, in front of students of Durango High School. "Things are changing so fast in the illegal drug industry, it’s hard to keep up," Riemer shared via a news release
She understands that the old approach of lecturing teenagers to stay away from drugs might not work in the current generation. "I'm not here representing the 'Just Say No' program because it doesn't work... I'm not here to judge you or tell you how to live your life. I'm just going to stand here and give you factual information," Riemer expressed. Besides, "there's lots of conflicting information out there, you have to look for reputable scientific studies," she added.
Previous studies have confirmed the adverse effects of abusing marijuana
and illicit substances on teenage brains, and Riemer shared this information with the students. "Teen brains are more likely to become addicted, and because drugs make you feel good, unbelievably good, better than anything natural, they make it so your brain can’t uptake serotonin and dopamine and can’t naturally feel happiness anymore."
In a separate discussion with parents and members of the community, Riemer emphasized the importance of being aware and alert in terms of drug abuse by their kids
. "Pay attention to what you see, pay attention to what you smell, pay attention to what you hear... And please don't think drug dealers still look like a homeless guy under a bridge. They look like everyone in this room."