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Crossroads students sound off on drug use in today's society

Published: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10:59 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10:59 a.m.

Students in Crossroads Junior High School had some strong opinions about drug use. Following is a few of their opinions:

Do you enjoy when people cram things down your throat? I think drugs are being promoted too often. Today all the TV, internet, celebrities, and artists are promoting narcotic use. In my opinion, some of the big drug promoters are hip-hop and rap artists. The reason they are such big promoters is because they put it in their music that is heard by millions of people around the world. Drugs are also promoted at their concerts where there are thousands of people watching and listening to the drugs being promoted. Drugs are also being promoted on TV and the internet. They are being promoted by comedians on their shows that are watched by many children and young teens. They are promoted by actors and actresses also. They get promoted on famous movies and commercials. Celebrities are some of the biggest drug promoters known to mankind. The reason they are such big drug promoters is because their acts get put on magazines around the globe. Another reason for the celebrities being big drug promoters is they go on the news. For example, when they get arrested, kids start to notice and think it's a cool thing to do. It seems to me, that every time I turn on one of my electronic devices all I see is drugs being promoted. They get promoted by many people, but mainly from who the teens hear the most like artists, TV, internet, and celebrities.

——Alex Espinosa

Why are drugs so popular around the world? Every day a person is killed by either drugs or in drug-related incidents. When will people start caring about this and put an end to the drugs? I know some people are trying to end it, but it takes everyone in our community to stop the drug dealers and the drug users. You might think America has a bad drug problem, but in places like Europe and Africa the problem is much worse. Teenagers all around the world are doing drugs from marijuana to methamphetamine. This is not the world I want to live in, where drugs are being promoted by celebrities, musicians, and even relatives. Who knows what will happen to the world if we keep going down this path? All I know is that if we do, the future will be very bleak.

—Austin Ryan

Don't drugs suck? Drugs hurt people in every aspect of life. Drugs are like little gremlins slowly eating away at your life. Whether it be how you act or how you live, drugs can hurt you, and they can make you hurt people, They can make people look down on you and can even make your family disown you. When people do drugs, it makes them different in the worst way. It makes them mean, disorientated, and rude. Drugs are so bad because they alter the way you think, usually in a negative way. For example, a guy goes to a party not on drugs and is about to drive home when his buddies ask him if he wants to do some drugs. He says yes, and still drives home thinking he is fine, rolls his car before he can make it home and gets hurt, but he lives. The drug influenced him, but he still thought he was OK, Drugs change you, hurt you. In conclusion, drugs are horrible, and we need to help get them out of the world.

—Brandon Vincak

Are you interested in drugs? Would you like it if your child smoked? Drugs like weed are being promoted in your household or in your area. How? By TV, movies, music and even the people in your community. Kids at the age of 12 are thinking it's okay to smoke, and music says it's hip to use drugs. TV commercials are giving messages that it's harmless. It may seem harmless, but it does ruin your life and it tears your family apart. Do you want that life? Would you rather have it in your community? Best prepare yourself and your children. because it's being legalized in many states.

—Oscar Garcia

Drugs have ruined peoples lives and have also killed people. There are too many drugs out in the world that adults and teenagers use. It doesn't matter how old someone is, drugs will cause problems for a person of any age. When people use drugs, it could be because either they have problems in their lives, or just for fun. When people use drugs, it causes social problems like getting a girl pregnant, having no home, or losing almost everything. Drugs also cause depression when people use them too much. This happens because they have lost everything and drugs are the only thing they have. Sometimes, people commit suicide because they have lost all hope in their lives.

—‑Steve Montoya

Drugs bring out the monster in human beings. All their time and money are waisted on drugs. They begin to break laws and become criminals. All for this one drug that their life revolves around. Drugs can tear one's life apart. Drugs are all around us and they have become a great issue. Children and teens are introduced to drugs at a young age. It's also crazy how easily they can get hold of them. Now days, drugs are cheaper and easier to get because of the number of drug users. It has become so common that cops don't do much about it because everyone does it. Drugs ruin the lives of people who were once innocent. Most drug users start at a very young age. They become addicted and it affects their future success. They drift to the wrong path that brings them nothing but negativity. Families and friends are lost, jobs are hard to find, and they are in danger of death.

—Liz Arango

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