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Prescription Drug Abuse: 1 Prescription Drug Abuse: The Devastating Effects It can have on today's Youth Travis H Matheny Kaplan University College Composition II CM220-04AU June 16, 2009
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Prescription Drug Abuse: 2 Prescription Drug Abuse: The Devastating Effects It can have on today's Youth The sound of the door slamming shut and the lock clicking into place echoes throughout the empty school restroom. Toby sits down on the toilet, his face red and tears streaming from his bright blue eyes. Hands clenched into tight fists, Toby punches the wall of the bathroom stall. BAMM! The sound fills the restroom. As Toby sits wondering why no one seems to like him, he can hear kids laughing and talking as they walk down the hallway. The squeak of the restroom door interrupts his thoughts and he wipes his eyes while trying to be as quiet as possible. Toby hears two voices that he recognizes, Jake & Wayne; he thinks to himself, everybody likes them. He sits quietly listening, trying to hear every word. “Here Jake, this will make you feel better,” Wayne said. “What is it Wayne?” “It’s the feel good pill.” “I don’t know Wayne.” “Oh don’t be a nerd Jake, everyone is doing it.” “All right, give it here; what is it really called anyway?” “It’s called Oxy- cotton or something like that. Trust me it will help you relax and you won’t have a care in the world, you could give a speech in front of the whole school without breaking a sweat,” chuckled Jake as the door slammed opened and Toby could hear them leaving the restroom. All the sudden Toby got excited, he remembered seeing some pills called Oxy something or other in his grandmothers’ medicine cabinet and he would be going there after school today. “This is great,” thought Toby. “This is exactly what I need to get people to like me.” Later that evening, Toby’s mom showed up to take him home. “Hey mother, where’s
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Prescription Drug Abuse: 3 Toby? Is he ready to go?” “I don’t know, I think he is still upstairs in the spare room watching TV.” “Well, I will just have to go up and get him.” Toby’s mom entered the room and saw her son lying on the floor. His face had turned a pale blue and there was blood trickling from his mouth. She screamed in terror at what she saw, “Toby, Toby, what have you done?!” as she fell to her knees sobbing. This was a fictional story and although the characters aren’t real, the scenarios depicted are very much real and are happening in homes all over America. Since the beginning of time parents have always wanted what is best for their children. Every parent has tried to educate their children and make them aware of the hidden dangers that are evident in the world we live in. Making sure they know not to talk to strangers and to look both ways before crossing the street. Unfortunately it has also been necessary to teach children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol as well as teaching kids why and how to
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This note was uploaded on 07/27/2011 for the course PSYCH 370 taught by Professor Lang during the Spring '11 term at Kaplan University.

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