On April 19 the Obama administration released a plan to respond to the increasing youth trend of prescription drug abuse; the plan focuses upon education of parent and medical professional communities, and collaborating with local groups like the Coalition for Placer Youth to engage local communities to counter this dangerous development in homes, neighborhoods, on campuses, and in medical offices.
Cyber-powered communities can produce the illusion of no escape from the messages of popular culture defining the perfect child, student, or athlete, and at the same convince kids to believe that prescription pills are safe “release”.
The stressors of our youth today are what Dr. Dennis Harding refers to as the “backpacks” our children carry which strain the endocrine system. An upper cervical specialist in Auburn, Harding sees more adolescents in his practice over recent months because our children are pushed to the brink, and atlas and spines out of alignment (from traumas and/or birth) cannot support the strain.
“Anxiety, depression and sleeplessness are the end result,” Harding said referring to the neurovascular problems that develop over time.
Off the record, youth in our community will tell you that the stresses they experience to achieve an astronomical GPA, achieve a certain image in their “friend communities”, attend a certain type of university, or achieve some level in sports is relentless and all consuming in the network culture – and getting high is a big release.
Accordingly, Andrew Burrows, president of the Placer County Youth Commission and senior at Jesuit High School in Carmichael, says that the emotional well being of youth is one of the commission’s top priorities. So they are supporting the National Prescription Drug Take Back program scheduled for April 30 (co-sponsored by the Coalition for Placer Youth), and encouraging parents to pay close attention to what is going on in their children’s lives.
“While we need to adhere to standards and do our best, it is also important to focus on what you really enjoy. That is overlooked in our ‘achievement culture’,” Burrows said.
How heavy is your child’s “backpack”?
- Banana Moments
- Smart Schools
- Placer Youth Commission
- Full Circle Treatment Center
- Coalition for Placer Youth
- People Reaching Out
- Recovery Happens
- Atlas Orthogonal Chiropractic – Dr. Harding