Two years ago was the beginning of our family hell. T had his first arrest about a week before the 4th for possession of drug paraphernalia. the following week the juvenile detective was to come to our home to interview T because he witnessed a fight where a boy had to be life-flighted. When he arrived he informed us that he acquired more charges over another incident. Things escalated over the course of the summer. Anyway the first charge - We were at home (as well as T) when the doorbell and banging at the door at midnight. Hubby and I were in bed. It was a policeman. He had T's backpack. There were a bunch of kids at the park (after park curfew) and T was one that took off. "Unfortunately" for him he had left his backpack at the park with his prescription pain medication (of course his name was on it) along with a pot pipe. He denied the pipe belonged to him, naturally. The pain meds were prescribed to him for his broken nose he receive while playing soccer. Breaking his nose escalated his usage, we realized later. Strangely enough, I had no idea that the medication he had was a highly addictive substance. It is in the same category as heroin. In fact, people move on to heroin (an opioid or narcotic) because it's cheaper. Fortunately, T was affected by this medication but it does froth me because I WISH the hospital would have warned me about this. I gave him the bottle because he was never home. He was becoming more and more out of control and i didn't want him to be in pain - sounds odd now. I also told the surgery staff that I believed he used drugs and was concerned about the anesthesia and the interaction. You'd think they might have given me a little information on the dangers of the meds they were given him in case he did have a drug problem. Perhaps because he had a soccer injury it didn't cross their minds. Regardless. I have a friend who lost his doctor's license because of pain medication and he wasn't using anything else nor did he have a problem with anything. Prescription drug abuse is on the rise - perhaps they are better at informing patients? I know that this journal is supposed to be positive and it is it's just I can't believe the lack of knowledge or education the parents, or anyone else, could receive from other sources such as a doctor or a policeman. He could have said "Do you know what he has in his backpack can be addictive?" Missed opportunities. The same park two years ago he was arrested at - today he's playing basketball in. Never would have imagined, at the time, what we were in store for and little did we know how things would come out.