Ronak B. California

Drug Abuse

Drugs are making our country a doghouse and we need to fix this issue. It is harming everyone around the nation and has many horrible effects.

Dear Future President,

Imagine an innocent little kid whose life got turned around because of drugs. Drugs in teens’ lives are hurting everyone around them, and we need to do something about that. Many kids get tied into drugs because of their friends’ influence and bad choices. There has been an increase in marijuana and cocaine use in the United States since 2008, and those drugs having a devastating effect on the world.

As I said, drugs in teens’ lives change everyone. A boy named Ben tried out drugs for the first time and he got “hooked”. He said “I ended up homeless and on the streets, living and sleeping on a cardboard box, begging and struggling to find ways to get my next meal.” Because of drugs, he became homeless and his life was going very bad. Another way that kids get into drugs is from their parents influence. A young girl named Savannah was one of these kids. Both of her parents were drug addicts and she decided to try it out. After the first time, just like Ben, she continued to do drugs and eventually lived a life of terror and fear. Savannah ran away from her home and she wasn’t that innocent girl she was before. Kids can be affected by drugs are by their friends. One of my family friend’s son has had friends who have forced others to do drugs. Because of those kids, many of them have had to be hospitalized and put in the emergency room. Those kids definitely didn’t want that to happen to their friends, but it did.

Which is why I have developed a solution. All parents of teenagers need to be aware of their kids. They need to know the signs of trouble, and if trouble arises, then they can handle the situation. Parents must also have a good influence on their kids, meaning no smoking marijuana or drinking too much alcohol in front of them. I believe that parents in every state in the US should receive a letter every week giving them information and statistics on drug use in teens. If they have the right directions, they will know what to do.

In short, drugs cause many teenage deaths and it is crippling our nation. I request that the president of the United States would describe the consequences of drug use and maybe the kids who would think to try it; would think again.      

Peterson Middle School

8th Grade ELA

Middle School students from 8th Grade English

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