June 11, 2021

On today's show, Adrian and Ethan discuss the increasing use of drugs among pre-teen children.

No child is immune from the drug epidemic. These “drugs” include any potentially harmful substance — tobacco, alcohol, prescription medications or illegal drugs.

Social isolation, overexposure to family members who may be unsupportive or even abusive, lack of athletics and other healthy outlets, broken ties to school and community supports – all of this is taking a toll on teen mental health. Many are turning to substance use as a form of coping.

Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that substance use has increased among all age groups during the pandemic.

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the United States. 120 Americans die every day from drug overdoses - most involving legal prescription drugs. That's more than from car crashes.

Most of the prescription drugs abused by teens come from family medicine cabinets and from friends.

We can always count on kids to see the issues and set out to make a difference. These are five amazing kids who made a difference in their communities supporting Habitat for Humanity, a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the U.S. and in approximately 70 countries. Habitat’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live.

These kids learned that it doesn’t need to be a lot of money to make a difference in someone’s life. Every little bit helps.

1. 10-year-old J.Z. Moehlenbrock from Killeen, Texas

2. 6-year-old Delilah Schoonover from Tuscon, Arizona

3. 8-year-old Sarah Johnson from Suffolk County, New York

4. 8-year-old Owen and his 9-year-old brother, Wyatt from Dallas, Texas