Everyone makes mistakes, especially when they're young. That's why it's so important to protect your teen if he or she is threatened with criminal charges. Sometimes, younger people use drugs or sell their prescriptions without thinking of the consequences.
Doing so can land them in hot water with the law, so it's very important to stand up for your child's rights and to make sure your child faces a trial without bias. Outside the law, there are also a number of consequences of youth substance abuse to consider.
Physical health concerns are prominent for young drug users
One of the main issues with drug use is the potential for drugs to physically harm your child or others. Sharing needles is a well-known factor in the spread of HIV and AIDS. Overdoses are also a caught of death among young drug users.
It's a fact that more teens die from prescription drug overdoses than heroin or cocaine, so it's important to keep an eye on your children and their medications. Talk to them about the dangers of selling their prescriptions or buying prescription medications from others. Having a prescription doesn't automatically make a drug safe.
Delinquency is a problem among drug abusers
Juvenile delinquency is linked to substance abuse. When a teen abuses drugs, he or she may not make the best decisions. That could mean getting behind the wheel of a vehicle while inebriated, which then causes a serious accident. It could also mean engaging in drug sales or abuse that a teen can be arrested for. Eventually, the juvenile justice system may have to be involved, which begins your child's criminal record.
If your teen is accused of buying, selling or using drugs, it's important to talk to your attorney as soon as possible about ways to defend your child. While many teens may have their juvenile records sealed, if your child is tried as an adult, a drug conviction could affect him or her for life.