Dear Chat Daddy, My smart, athletic brother is turning into a weed head

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Dear Chat Daddy, I am a 16-year-old female who is writing you in hopes of getting some advice for my 13-year-old athletic brother who does well in school.

Dear Chat Daddy,

I am a 16-year-old female who is writing you in hopes of getting some advice for my 13-year-old athletic brother who does well in school. We come from a single parent household where our mother has tried her very best to provide us with a great upbringing. In the past month, I have noticed changes in him such as being high and smelling of weed all the time, and I think he is dealing drugs to earn money because he has many new items. When I question him, he quickly tells me to “stop tripping” because he and all of his friends are smoking to chill out and that I should be happy that he is not asking any of our family members for money. What should I do?

-It’s A Normal Part Of Life

Dear It’s A Normal Part Of Life,

What a sad situation for any young person. Most teens see drug usage and the selling of drugs as a cool way to be, only because weed-smoking and drug-selling is glamorized and most people consider it socially acceptable. Marijuana is the most widely used drug among teenagers in the United States. Everyday nearly 3,500 young people smoke marijuana for the first time, and most become addicted. Therefore, it is most important that your brother has a full understanding of what some of the long-term effects of smoking the drug are. Once in the body, marijuana slows down reaction time and interferes with coordination so you will see a decline in his social skills, schoolwork and his ability to perform athletic activities. One joint contains nearly 400 different chemicals that are believed to cause cancer. Let us hope that your brother has bigger dreams of doing better with his life than smoking and selling and that this is just a phase that does not become a serious habit. Be encouraged.

Art Sims can be reached via email at chatdaddy@chicagodefender.com.

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