Recently I got arrested I am 19 years old this was last Tuesday I am a drug addict a big drug addict lost everything almost but ok last Tuesday I got arrested because I was smoking crack and slamming heroin sitting in a parking lot... well the cop asked me what I am doing I told him and he seen brillo pad laying on the ground. he searched me found drugs paraphernalia but he searched my car and there was a gun behind my seat idk about at all so I don’t know what to do at all I am a mess I wanna die I know I can’t handle state prison I did time in Middlesex county was nothing but state. I am not a bad person I work hard go to school just have a big drug problem I have a really big heart cant rob or kill no one and I am about to lose 5 years of my life in Trenton with killers
For some of our readers who may not be familiar with the terms you have used, “slamming heroin,” refers to injecting the drug. A “brillo pad” (without soap) serves as a filter when smoking crack in a glass tube.
TeenHealthFX doesn’t doubt that you are not a bad person but drug addiction can bring a person to a place where they find themselves doing things that they never thought were once unimaginable. If you were out of drugs and feeling the withdrawal effects that could put you in a position where you were desperate to get more drugs. Having access to a weapon could lead to you robbing someone at gun point. At the time you would not be thinking about the consequences of your actions. Your focus would be on feeding your habit to avoid the severe withdrawal symptoms associated with heroin and crack addiction. Nonetheless you would have committed a serious crime and would have to face the consequences.
As you know the gun charge is serious and you need to seek representation from a lawyer to deal with this issue. At 19 your parents are under no obligation to provide one for you. You can ask for their help but if you have been dealing with addiction for some time there is a chance you may have burned this bridge already. Do not blame them; this would be another consequence of your addiction. You will either have to hire a one on your own or apply for a public defender. Once you get a lawyer it would be a good idea to follow his/her advice closely.
In the meantime if you want to help yourself and your case, get into a rehab as soon as possible. You have to be really committed to getting clean and show progress in your treatment. If you do it “just because” it will look good for the judge then there is a strong possibility that you will fail in your attempts to get clean. The first step on the road to recovery is admitting that you have a problem and are powerless over your addiction. If you don’t believe this is true, just look where heroin and crack have taken you. You don’t just use the drugs, they have taken over your life and you have not been able to stop. No matter what happens with your current legal situation, if you don’t stop using drugs things will continue to get worse.
Your life doesn’t have to be this way, there is help out there, but you have to want it. If you are looking for a treatment program you could check with your attorney or log onto the US Department of Health and Human Services Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration website for referrals in your area.
Teens often abuse prescription drugs because of the myth that these drugs provide a medically safe high.
It is estimated that major depressive disorder (MDD) affects about 5% of adolescents, and that between 10 - 15% of adolescents have some symptoms of depression at any one time.
Statistics show that giving a teen a credit card does not teach them to be financially responsible or to encourage self-restraint, but actually promotes a “spend now and deal with the consequences later” mindset.
Girls are more likely to intentionally abuse prescription drugs than boys.
The reality of excessive interest rates and fees that often accompany credit card use for teens, can put youngsters in a position where they are losing out on admission to graduate school, getting a job, or renting an apartment because of damaged credit history.
Less than 33% of teens with depression get help, yet 80% of teens with depression can be successfully treated if they seek help from a doctor or therapist.
Traffic crashes are the greatest single cause of death for all persons age 6-33, and about 45% of these fatalities are alcohol-related crashes.
About 6.2 million Americans get a new genital HPV infection each year.
30% of teens with depression also have a substance abuse problem.
Freshmen bring an average of $1,585.00 in credit card debt to college.
About a third of women who seek services related to unprotected sex, such as pregnancy testing or emergency contraception, do not receive STD counseling, testing, or treatment.
7-10% of college students will drop out of school because of credit problems.
Teens with untreated depression are more likely to engage in risky sexual behaviors, leading to higher rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.
Most smokers begin smoking as teens, and the average age of initiation is 12.5 years of age.
People with manic symptoms and Bipolar Disorder II are at a significant risk of later developing an alcohol abuse or dependence problem.
Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for U.S. teens, accounting for 36% of all deaths in this age group.
The teen pregnancy rate in the United States is the highest of any industrialized democracy, nearly twice that of Great Britain and 10 times that of Japan. 4
Compared with other age groups, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use, and male high school students are more likely than female students to rarely or never wear seat belts.
A national study of women ages 15-44 found that women were almost twice as likely to receive contraceptive services rather than STD services.
The teenage pregnancy rate in the U.S. is at its lowest level in thirty years, down 36% since its peak in 1990. Research suggests that both increased abstinence and positive changes in contraceptive practice are responsible these recent declines in teen pregnancy.
A sexually active teenager who does not use contraceptives has a 90% chance of becoming pregnant within one year. 8
In the United States, at least 5-10 million girls and women and 1 million boys and men are struggling with eating disorders. 11
Among male drivers between 15 and 20 years of age who were involved in fatal crashes in 2005, 38% were speeding at the time of the crash and 24% had been drinking.
Homicide is the second leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year-olds overall. 16
Every two minutes, somewhere in America, someone is sexually assaulted. 22
One in four teenage girls in the U.S. had at least one common sexually transmitted disease.
Suicide is the third leading cause of death among youths ages 15 to 20. 19
The highest Chlamydia rates occurred among women ages 15 to 19 and 20 to 24.
About 44% of rape victims are under age 18. Three out of every twenty victims (15%) are under age 12. 25
Each year, half of all HIV infections are among people under the age of 25.
Crash risk is particularly high during the first year that teenagers are eligible to drive.
One out of every six American women have been the victims of an attempted or completed rape in their lifetime. A total of 17.7 million women have been victims of these crimes. 23
Teen girls ages 15-19 have the highest Gonorrhea rate of any age group.
The motor vehicle death rate for male drivers and passengers ages 16-19 is more than one and half times that of their female counterparts.
More than four in 10 young women become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20 - nearly one million teen pregnancies a year 3
The presence of teen passengers increases the crash risk of unsupervised teen drivers; the risk increases with the number of teen passengers.
Smoking is the leading preventable cause of death in this country. More than 400,000 Americans die from tobacco-related causes each year, and most of them began using tobacco before the age of 18.
The risk of motor vehicle crashes is higher among 16- to 19-year-olds than among any other age group.
Underage drinking costs the U.S. more than $58 billion every year; enough to buy every public school student a state-of-the-art computer.
At all levels of blood alcohol concentration (BAC), the risk of involvement in a motor vehicle crash is greater for teens than for older drivers.
Teens who drink are more likely to be victims of violent crimes and sexual assault, have serious problems in school, be involved in drinking-related traffic crashes, and develop problems with alcohol later in life.
Nearly all the poison deaths in the U.S. are attributed to drugs, and most drug poisonings result from the abuse of prescription and illegal drugs.
Alcohol kills 6.5 times more youth than all other illicit drugs combined.
Persons aged 15-24, who represent only 14% of the U.S. population, account for 30% ($19 billion) of the total costs of motor vehicle injuries among males and 28% ($7 billion) among females.
Among young people ages 12-17, prescription drugs have become the second most abused illegal drug, behind marijuana.