In some more extreme cases, elementary students are getting arrested not just for possession, but for distribution as well. You see, the drug dealers have gotten smart over the years. They know that if a ten-year-old (or even a middle schooler) gets “popped” for possession, not much will happen. They’re minors. The system will do its level best to save them before tossing them in juvenile detention and throwing away the key, and the dealers know this. If the number of grams falls below the felony limits, then the student will probably get suspended from school and have to attend some class on the danger of drugs. But once those requirements are satisfied, he or she is back in action at Little Dealer Elementary.
Scarier still are the self-manufactured "highs" students concoct. "Pharm parties," wherein students show up with a bottle of pills from their home's medicine cabinet, are another way students get "high." The pills are dumped into a large bowl and mixed with everybody else's "donation." Students then take a pill or two or three (sometimes more and often mixed with alcohol) to get "their buzz on."
And of course, there is that whole slice of the pie as well. Selling prescription drugs on the street to pay for their drug habit. Mom, Dad, if you have anything in your medicine chest that is worth $$$$ on the street, you need to keep a close eye on those bottles. Oxycontin, Ritalin, and other strong pain and ADHD medications are the "faves" in this category.
And don't let them become a little "jailhouse lawyer" and try to tell you about Invasion of Privacy laws. If they have nothing to hide, they shouldn't mind at all if you, the parent, want to see how your child is using the phone you are paying for. If they get upset, deny your request to see it, tell you, the parent, you have no right to look at it, then you may have a serious situation on your hands. And unless you raised your child that way, that's the friends talking. It may also be the drugs.
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