The Young Meth User

CBS News reports that 1 in 33 teens ages 12-17 have tried meth. On average, they were 12 years old when they first tried it. The report also states:

  • 1 in 4 teens say it would be “very” or “somewhat” easy for them to get meth
  • 1 in 6 say they have a friend or family member who has used meth or been treated for meth use
  • 1 in 10 say that they have been offered meth before

If you are the youth minister of 30 students, three of your students have probably been offered meth before and one student may have actually tried it. And if the average teenager who has tried meth did so by age 12, then it is not just an issue affecting youth groups but children’s ministries as well.

In youth ministry, drug use isn’t a new problem to address. It has been a hot topic for years. But in children’s ministry, there are kids who are also facing youth ministry-sized issues. Few children’s ministers address these tough issues, which is¬†understandable since the maturity gap among kids is often far wider than it is among teenagers. But reality is that kids face tough issues like drugs too, and they¬†also need ministered to about tough issues.

[via Ypulse]