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If you are concerned or worried, call a mental health professional for an assessment. Bradley Hospital is especially well qualified, with experts in children's mental and emotional health.
We must be aware that tobacco and alcohol are drugs and should be taken just as seriously as marijuana, cocaine and LSD. In fact, tobacco, alcohol and marijuana are all considered "gateway" drugs; that is, a person who has experience with them is more likely to try other drugs.
Many children have had their first drink by the time they are six years-old. The following statistics about high school seniors should indicate the scope of the problem and the importance of being aware:
Reasons kids turn to alcohol and drugs
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