"Skittling" a growing problem among l...

"Skittling" a growing problem among local teens

There are 76 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from May 28, 2008, titled "Skittling" a growing problem among local teens. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

Over the counter cold medicines can help runny noses, sneezing and other symptoms.

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Deana LaFontaine

Coldwater, MI

#1 May 28, 2008
What is wrong with this country. All the over the counter DRUGS are legal and drug companies are our drug pushers. It is so sad that this country pushes so many drugs and that the government and drug companies are making so much money from it. The drug company that sold that child those drugs, should be prosecuted just as a drug dealer would.
We need to wake up in this country and stopping taking pills for every little thing. Our kids see that and now we are raising kids that are taking and getting addicted to pills. Take a pill for this or that and feel all better. It is so sad.
How do we trust

Hudsonville, MI

#2 May 28, 2008
As a mother of a 15 year boy been here .I was a bad teen did the drugs drank .But I grew up and got my life on the right path and I thought with all I have done I would be the mother that knew when her child was doing things ( I WAS SO WRONG) While on the phone to my child at his friends house I heard the boys mother yelling I asked why? he said she just found our pot!! It hit me like I had hit a wall with my car .I went and got my son he smells of pot this time How could he be doing this an I not know? After talking with him the next few days I learned he only did it while staying the night always took a shower before he came home and changed his jeans an t shirt he knew I would smell it ( I stop smoking an now can smell things like a blood hound)He told me he had been doing it for months HOW COULD I NOT KNOW? I feel for this mother and so many out there that just dont know (YET) And now its not even illegal drugs we have to be worried about its in our own homes?What can we do to help the kids? How do we stop this? How do you know if your child is doing this? My son got good grades had alot friends from a good home was no signs do we just start to do tests on kids? How do we know they are safe ?

“Taz say Hi”

Since: Jan 08

Holland,MI

#3 May 28, 2008
Deana LaFontaine wrote:
What is wrong with this country. All the over the counter DRUGS are legal and drug companies are our drug pushers. It is so sad that this country pushes so many drugs and that the government and drug companies are making so much money from it. The drug company that sold that child those drugs, should be prosecuted just as a drug dealer would.
We need to wake up in this country and stopping taking pills for every little thing. Our kids see that and now we are raising kids that are taking and getting addicted to pills. Take a pill for this or that and feel all better. It is so sad.
Nobody "pushed" these drugs on these children. They take them from their medicine cabinet at home, much like some now take their parents' prescription drugs from the medicine cabinat. They already cannot buy them over the counter if they are under 18 although I'm fairly certain that there are 18,19, and 20 year olds who would buy for them.

Since: Feb 08

United States

#5 May 28, 2008
Cold pills now.

It was diet pills when I was a teen!
mariah

United States

#6 May 28, 2008
I am in my fifties and they all act like this is something new. When I was a teen this was a common practice along with sniffing glue. Every generation has SOMETHING. Problem is--they keep trying to make laws to parent your kids. Get off your as* and get involved with your kids. Or better yet-if you can't put your children first DON"T HAVE ANY! Then you can spend your life looking after number 1--YOU
How do we trust

Hudsonville, MI

#7 May 28, 2008
mariah wrote:
I am in my fifties and they all act like this is something new. When I was a teen this was a common practice along with sniffing glue. Every generation has SOMETHING. Problem is--they keep trying to make laws to parent your kids. Get off your as* and get involved with your kids. Or better yet-if you can't put your children first DON"T HAVE ANY! Then you can spend your life looking after number 1--YOU
How dare you judge!! I am on the PTA I help out in class kids come to my home call me mom we take other kids with us on trips we have dinner every night at the table we do home work with our kids!!
You stereo type every kids that is in trouble doing drugs has bad parents well get your facts right NOT ALL ARE BAD PARENTS AND ARE INVOLVED!!!
Neko

United States

#8 May 28, 2008
More PROPAGADA from Big Brother...trying to scare people!

Nothing news here.

(Just a cry for citizens to give up more freedom and liberty to "save the children")

How many less harmless "substances" are already illegal?

I wonder how long before some political leader learns the words "Harm Reduction"?

“Taz say Hi”

Since: Jan 08

Holland,MI

#9 May 28, 2008
It has never made any sense to me that kids misuse drugs like this. There are many warnings about the dangers of misusing drugs, including on the package. Do these children know how to read and comprehend what they are reading? Or are they having difficulty believing what they are reading?

Since: Feb 08

United States

#11 May 28, 2008
How do we trust wrote:
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How dare you judge!! I am on the PTA I help out in class kids come to my home call me mom we take other kids with us on trips we have dinner every night at the table we do home work with our kids!!
You stereo type every kids that is in trouble doing drugs has bad parents well get your facts right NOT ALL ARE BAD PARENTS AND ARE INVOLVED!!!
You are taking this as a personal hit from Mariah.

I do not think it was intended that way from what I read in her post.

I believe she was stating that this kind of stuff has always been a problem with kids and that it has been happening for many, many years.

Its just stuff like this did not use to make the news.

Its great that they are starting to use the media to educate young people and parents alike.

But some things are better left unsaid.

We live in a day & age where information becomes power in a frightful way.

I hope your Son learns from this experience and moves forward through life to become successful and very respectful.

“LET'S GO RED WINGS!!”

Since: Aug 07

America

#12 May 28, 2008
Gentle Taz wrote:
It has never made any sense to me that kids misuse drugs like this. There are many warnings about the dangers of misusing drugs, including on the package. Do these children know how to read and comprehend what they are reading? Or are they having difficulty believing what they are reading?
Remember what you were saying about the consequences being taken out of bad behaviour? Here it is again - kids don't think anything about doing things that are dangerous, because their mom will take them to the hospital and the doctors will fix them up and send them home. What if after they started breathing again, they were arrested for misuse of a pharmaceutical? Do you think that would make a difference?

“LET'S GO RED WINGS!!”

Since: Aug 07

America

#13 May 28, 2008
mariah wrote:
I am in my fifties and they all act like this is something new. When I was a teen this was a common practice along with sniffing glue. Every generation has SOMETHING. Problem is--they keep trying to make laws to parent your kids. Get off your as* and get involved with your kids. Or better yet-if you can't put your children first DON"T HAVE ANY! Then you can spend your life looking after number 1--YOU
Mariah, you are right on!
Dee

United States

#14 May 28, 2008
Apparently these kids (wrongly) rationalize that these drugs are safe because they are legal and over the counter. Somehow they just don't GET that too much of ANYTHING is dangerous and can be lethal. Even drinking too much water can be lethal. When I was a kid, I too, thought I knew it all...parents were "out of touch", "uncool"...Fortunate ly I never did mess with drugs of any sort, but no doubt risked my life driving with friends who liked fast cars, drag racing. Dabbled in beer, booze. It just seems no matter how hard parents try to educate their kids to the dangers "out there"...the kids of every generation think they know it all. Kids listen to rock stars and Hollywood more than loving parents.

“Have a nice day!”

Since: Apr 08

Location hidden

#15 May 28, 2008
Gentle Taz wrote:
It has never made any sense to me that kids misuse drugs like this. There are many warnings about the dangers of misusing drugs, including on the package. Do these children know how to read and comprehend what they are reading? Or are they having difficulty believing what they are reading?
Teenagers do dumb things. Someone says, "Hey, try this," and the kid pops it without thinking of consequences. Same with huffing-how stupid is that? It can kill you the first time you do it. When I was in school(1980ish) it was dexatrim, caffiene speed,pot, acid(of sorts),hash etc. We never had ADD drugs to snort, or ecstasy, or the scary crap kids are mixing up these days. The older I get, the more I look back at the dumb things I did when I was younger, and I feel very blessed that some of my stupid choices didn't kill me. Sometimes you don't get another chance. I tell my kids almost daily,"Don't do drugs, don't drink and drive or get in the car with someone who has, and don't have sex!" They roll their eyes, but I know what goes on out there ;)(I also tell them, "I WILL find out if you do these things, I have my ways." Freaks 'em out every time.)
Lois

Granbury, TX

#16 May 28, 2008
How do we trust wrote:
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How dare you judge!! I am on the PTA I help out in class kids come to my home call me mom we take other kids with us on trips we have dinner every night at the table we do home work with our kids!!
You stereo type every kids that is in trouble doing drugs has bad parents well get your facts right NOT ALL ARE BAD PARENTS AND ARE INVOLVED!!!
I hope one of the classes you help out in is English. You could use some help with punctuation and sentence composition.
Shamma-mom

Kalamazoo, MI

#17 May 28, 2008
As parents, if we want to know what our kids are up to, we have to be invasive into every aspect of their lives. You have to know their friends almost as well as you know your own kid. It's not about being a member of the PTA, or involved on school committees and coaching sports teams. It's about being really, completely involved with your teens.

We started when they were babies. We do most everything as a family. If they go to friends' houses, we show up and make sure they're doing exactly what they said would be done. If they go shopping at the mall, we go shopping at the other end of the mall. If grades start slipping in school we tighten the leash and whatever work was done in school for the day gets completely redone at home. It is not often that grades slip.

Kids don't need to be left to cruise and prowl the city streets with friends in order to learn that you trust them. You are the parent. You are ultimately responsible for their actions until they are 18 years old. We teach our kids that we trust them by giving them control of the family budget for the month, or planning the family vacation for the summer. We keep them extremely busy with volunteer work and church activities. The friends they have made through those endeavors are very nice kids. There are always parents involved right with the kids in their activities so we know what they're up to all the time.

It is very exhausting and we get no time to ourselves, but that's the trade-off when you decide to have kids. Our time for ourselves will come when our kids are grown and on their own.
scooter

Brookfield, WI

#18 May 28, 2008
It's frickin' COLD MEDICINE which I USE for my colds! Now the damn BRATS will ruin it because their little pea sized brains think it's awesome to be comatose - they know better so let them kill themselves. I didn't do that crap when I was that age. Stop having kids or keep control of them. I notice kids nowadays are very mouthy, disrespectful and inconsiderate.
ideas

Roy, UT

#19 May 28, 2008
This is sad. But one can only teach their children and pray for the best -- or hope for those that don't pray.

Pea sized brains is more of an understatement. They don't think, want to fit in, or are just not with it. Kids think it "won't happen to them" they know, blah, blah, blah.

Knowledge is power parents, if you know it pass it onto your children and hope for the best. Give them all the information and tell them the risks, of everything out there. Don't be shy...save your children by giving them the knowledge. Pay attention to them.

I did drugs as a older teen. But my father did too. Will my children know? Yes, I was dumb and wasn't taught what happens. Now my father has some lung something wrong with him and he blames it on something else.

Every action has a re-action.......

You play the game, plan on playing the whole game.

get the point? Knowledge, keep them informed...don't hide it they learn from you, the teachers and unfortunately their dumb hormone filled "friends".
William

Green Lake, WI

#20 May 28, 2008
How do we trust wrote:
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How dare you judge!! I am on the PTA I help out in class kids come to my home call me mom we take other kids with us on trips we have dinner every night at the table we do home work with our kids!!
You stereo type every kids that is in trouble doing drugs has bad parents well get your facts right NOT ALL ARE BAD PARENTS AND ARE INVOLVED!!!
You sound like a teacher? If so, get off your high horse. When I went to school, unless you were an honor roll student, and bound for college, the teachers and counselors [remind me what they were for] didn't give a rats back end about you. Oh yea, you can add jocks to that also.
Big Dog TKD Mom

Englewood, CO

#21 May 28, 2008
From the perspective of a Mom of younger kids (so I don't even pretend to know I'll be ready for what comes later on)I would say this. We have to stop bashing each other as parents. We have to encourage a level of mutual respect and tolerance among parents instead of passing judgment. We have to support each other as a community to protect the future for our kids. I believe and hope that my kids will learn enough to be smart, but I know that part of my job as a Mom is to teach them and then let them live their lives and live with the consequences of their choices. I just need to know in my heart that they understand what those consequences can be.

The world is a different place than when we were kids, but kids will be kids and they will make mistakes. We just have to try to make sure we work together as adults to try to keep those mistakes from being deadly. It doesn't do any good to point fingers, when someone is asking what they can do. What works is pulling together.

We as a community should not tolerate disrespect. We should encourage kids to respect adults, peers, and themselves. Then we can work on changing behavior... but until people realize we need an atmosphere of mutual respect, we don't have a solid foundation to act from.
scary cherri

United States

#22 May 28, 2008
scooter wrote:
It's frickin' COLD MEDICINE which I USE for my colds! Now the damn BRATS will ruin it because their little pea sized brains think it's awesome to be comatose - they know better so let them kill themselves. I didn't do that crap when I was that age. Stop having kids or keep control of them. I notice kids nowadays are very mouthy, disrespectful and inconsiderate.
i am with you scooter, my children don't act like that they are 16 and 7 there is no time because they are always with us as a family not with the local hoodlums.

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