If the youngest child in a classroom is diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity/disorder (
Researchers found that the youngest children in classrooms were nearly twice as likely to be diagnosed with
The study also found that as children reach the adolescent stage, the influence of their birth month has less of an impact. This is to be expected: The older a child is, the less effect an age gap has on maturity.
Studies in the United States, Canada, Spain and Sweden have found the same trends, with the respective cutoff months having the highest rates of
The prevalence of
Australia’s tip of the ‘ice’-berg
Australian police seized
The drugs were discovered and tracked from Hong Kong, leading to the arrest of four men in January. But the seizure is just the tip of the iceberg.
“Methamphetamine poses by far the greatest threat to the Australian public of all illicit drug types, and by a significant margin,” said Australian Crime Commission
Authorities are locked in a deadly war to prevent ice and other destructive illegal narcotics from hitting Australian streets. “[I]f we don’t adequately address this problem, it’s not an overstatement to say that it could bring us to our knees as a nation,” wrote Australian Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione in Australia’s Daily Telegraph (March 31, 2015).
Highly purified meth can enslave users on a single hit. While addicts often have themselves to blame for the addiction in the first place, even if they have a change of heart, few can break free; and those who do, carry the mental and physical scars.
According to the Australian Drug Foundation, 7 percent of Australians age 14 and older have tried methamphetamines one or more times. On average, young Australians between 14 and 24 try meth for the first time at 18.6 years old. Of 12-to-17-year-olds, 2.9 percent have tried amphetamines.
There is a key to winning the drug war, as Trumpet managing editor Joel Hilliker wrote June 25, 2008: “We must lead, and provide our own children with, a life worth living. Nurture their dreams and encourage their ambitions. Expose the empty, violent, seedy wasteland that is substance abuse. Give them hope and a spiritual foundation upon which to build a productive life.”