There has been a current drug problem in Orange County, and Dana Point is no exception. The worst part is that more teens are involved in drug-related problems. It has been proven that drugs and even alcohol have a greater effect on teens than adults which could lead them to an unfortunate future. They’re more easily lured to use drugs, especially heroin, and get addicted quickly. That’s what happened in Dana Point, Southern California.

The current drug problem on teens involves the high schools targeting teens aging on the average of 15. Whether the school is public or private, drug pushers seem to have a way to let it in. Teens have a lot of curiosity, and the pressure to fit in a group seems to be a significant factor why they engage in such activities. A lot of teenagers are being kicked out of school because of their addiction to drugs. The schools think it’s a punishment, but for them, it means more time for drugs like heroin.

The short-lived sensation of drugs for teens and adults include euphoria, happiness, and relief. They’re then followed by headaches, nausea, exhaustion, and dehydration. The worst scenario would be death due to overdose. If not dealt with, their future and relationships could be ruined forever.

In Orange County, the number of ninth graders who have tried smoking heroin has doubled from 2006 to 2012. There has been a segue trend that they seem to follow. They start from alcohol, marijuana to prescription pills and heroin.

The community and high schools are trying to intervene with this problem. In Dana Point, there’s an intervention counselor known to students as ‘Dana Mike.’ He was hired by Dana Point some years ago, and his holistic approach made it easier for him to connect with teens with a drug problem. According to state records, he has helped reduce the number of suspensions relating to alcohol and drug problems. In 2009-2010 there are 83 suspensions. It was then reduced to 16 in 2011-2012.

Everyone should go hand in hand to combat the current drug problem in Dana Point. The schools, government, and parents should join hands to help the youth have a brighter future with no drugs and less alcohol. Parents are advised to keep an open discussion in their homes about drugs as a first step of prevention.

If you know someone who has a drug problem, don’t be afraid to ask for help. There are many treatment programs and rehabilitation centers in Dana Point to help them.

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