The drug bust at Nevada Union shocked many of us, but the fact that students are using and selling drugs wasn’t surprising at all.
Youth drug use isn’t new, but it’s time that we stop blaming the individuals and look at the environment they’re growing up in. In our small town, kids have to make their own fun, but unfortunately, unregulated drug advertising normalizes use, and our culture highly encourages it to have fun.
We live in a time where everything is sped up, and we need constant stimulation or else we get bored. We numb pain instead of addressing underlying problems, and everyday our lives move further away from reality as we spend our time staring at images and separating ourselves from real human interactions. We lack of meaningful relationships and opportunities to develop a sense of purpose. It’s important that as a community, we acknowledge this and choose to act on it for the betterment of the community.
Youth isolation is a serious problem, but in the last few years, there has been momentum to change it. It’s time that we stand in solidarity to actively pursue a better life for youth because it really does take a village.
NEO, youth coordinator