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Breaking Bad is real life

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Have you seen the television show Breaking Bad? Are you flooding your evenings watching the show because it was so good? Are your children buying into the drug scene and you are missing it by watching it on television instead?

The show has so many good points – both positive and negative. It seems really sad that an intelligent man who has what many consider the perfect life until he falls ill, even has to but consider making and selling drugs in order to protect his family from serious financial harm. It is also sad that a young man, for his own reasons, is doing the same thing.

The show teaches us that the common man feels that he has no options in life other than to break the law in order to make ends meet. It also shows the glory of the money to be made – and that, my friends, is the downfall of the show. This is what many kids are picking up on; the point that parents so easily miss until it is too late.

The point about the addicts is pretty clear and this has no glory associated with it at all, yet our youngsters are falling right into the trap of heroin, methamphetamines and even over-the-counter (OTC) or prescription med abuse. Parents are not catching on until it is too late, and so many people are getting hurt.

Unfortunately this pain is happening in the western suburbs of Chicago in quiet little towns that no one would ever suspect. Kids are dying from heroin and their parents are left wondering what signs that they missed.

The kids are good kids that have never been in trouble before and all of a sudden they are just gone. Perhaps they buy a joint, unsuspecting that it could be laced with heroin until it is too late.

Why are drugs so affluent in small communities throughout the US? Perhaps it is the economy – drugs prove (at least for a little while) to be an easy score for cash. Perhaps it is the infamy that drugs bring. Perhaps it is boredom. There could be a million reasons – none of which will ever be good enough to explain away in a courtroom once caught. None will ever be good enough to give a parent of a teen recently deceased due to an overdose of drugs.

So, parents, you need to be more diligent. Look for the signs pointed out in yesterday’s article. Most importantly talk to your kids; keep them informed what happens to drug dealers and drug users. Is it a pleasant job? Absolutely not! But it is essential to keep your kids safe from the dangers that today brings!

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