When the ‘War on Drugs’ Hits Home
RGV (KFXV) — The war on drugs is still ongoing. The DEA tells me, they’ve received reports of different substances being used by students in different Valley schools.
“We’re concerned because he’s almost going to be 18 and we’re worried that he might just leave,” said one mother.
Juana Sanchez, refers to her 17-year-old son who she says has been consuming marijuana for about two years.
“I’m sure he gets it at school because he leaves fine but when he comes back, he looks completely different,” Sanchez continued.
“We do see a lot of synthetic, some prescription drugs and Xanax bars. I guess, is one of the things schools are having issues with right now,” said DEA agent Steve Jenkins.
DEA assistant special agent in charge, Steve Jenkin, says the problem isn’t only growing across the nation — but affecting teens in a place that is deemed a safe environment, by many parents.
“It’s a problem also for us because it’s very sad seeing him in that state. We’ve taught him better than that and we speak to him but he says he likes it and if he wants to keep using it, there’s not much we can really do about that,” Sanchez added.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse, reports that nine out of 10 people with substance problems began using them by the age of 18.
Which is why the federal agency is willing to collaborate with school districts.
“We coordinate with the school police departments if they need our assistance we’re there to help as much as possible,” Jenkins added.