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Drug addiction usually starts before 18
June 29th, 2011
11:55 AM ET

Drug addiction usually starts before 18

The top public health problem in the United States is not obesity, as many might guess, says one public policy organization. The National Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse, also known as CASA, leaves no question as to where it stands on the subject, titling its latest study "Adolescent Substance Use: America’s No. 1 Public Health Problem."

The report released Wednesday finds that the consumption of alcohol, the use of tobacco and marijuana and the abuse of prescription drugs is on the rise among teens.  That's not terribly surprising but this might be:  CASA found that 9 out of 10 adult addicts started using before the age of 18,  compared with  1 in 25 Americans who started using these substances at age 21 or older.

Another finding: 75% of high school students have used addictive substances with 1 in 5 of them meeting the medical criteria for addiction.

Researchers believe that the adolescent brain is still developing in the areas that lead to decision-making, judgment, impulse control  and emotions, making teens more likely than adults to take risks, which makes them more likely to try things like tobacco, alcohol and other drugs.

The study done primarily through online surveys, gathered information from 1,000 high school students, 1,000 parents of high school students, 500 school personnel and a host of other studies and articles. The final results, released Wednesday found the top 4 substances among adolescents are:

1) Alcohol

2) Tobacco

3) Marijuana

4) Prescription drugs

"These rankings combine availability of these substances with the perception of harm," says Susan Foster, vice president and director of policy research and analysis with CASA.  In other words, using drugs, alcohol and tobacco is a health risk, but as a young teenager, finding them and getting them also comes with some risk.

So who’s to blame for substance use among adolescents? There's a lot of it to go around, says Foster. Glamorous alcohol and tobacco advertising gets a ding, as do pharmaceutical ads that present pills for any ills.  The media in general also take a hit for  playing  down or making light of characters who are drunk or high, according to the report. Even parents get a not-so-honorable mention for either looking the other way when their teenagers experiment with addictive substances, or for thinking that this experimenting is just another rite of passage on the way to adulthood.

The problems associated with substance abuse are not limited to health and safety. It's  also a huge financial drain on our economy. CASA cites the total cost to federal, state and local governments as at least $467.7 billion per year which puts it at almost $1,500 for each American. And these costs largely coming from those teen users, according to CASA.

So what's the answer? First, parents need to engage their teenagers early and teach them the dangers of playing and experimenting with these types of addictive substance, the report says.   Also, the mass media should be encouraged to back off making tobacco and alcohol such an enticing product.

"CASA wants the health care industry to step in and do their part too," says Foster. It is urging health care providers to screen for substances and be willing to counsel teens early about preventive measures and intervention.


soundoff (78 Responses)
  1. greg

    No, you are wrong, obesity is the biggest health problem in america and we dont even realize it, lets keep wasting billions, excuse me, trillions on a failed war on drugs just too make sure little jimmy doesnt smoke a joint. cnn is so dumb

    June 29, 2011 at 13:01 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chupacabra

      agreed. Fatties are by far a bigger problem for all of us than a stupid kid smoking a joint.

      June 29, 2011 at 13:26 | Report abuse |
    • JT

      Agreed 100%. It doesn't take a genious to realize this organization is trying to justify it's existence with a claim like that.

      June 29, 2011 at 15:49 | Report abuse |
    • aroough

      Sorry, by MJ is addictive to about 2-3% of the population that uses it. Also sorry, the War on Drugs is a complete and total failure. CASA does reputable research but no doubt has a no-use bias for teens as opposed to a harm reduction position. Medical marijuana has a use for some folks with chronic pain, MS and some other conditions. No doubt we would be better off to legalize MJ, treat the 2-3% of folks that might become addicted, and use the tax revenue to treat other addictions.

      June 29, 2011 at 16:55 | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      Agreed, the war on drugs is a failed effort. That is because it's focus is on drug use as a crime instead of drug use as a public health problem. But when considering the toll that illegal drug and alcohol use takes on society, there is no question this is the greater problem.

      Looking at alcohol alone, according to George Washington University’s, Ensuring Solutions, problem drinking is the third leading cause of preventable death in the United States, draining the national economy of $185 billion per year. [See: http://www.ensuringsolutions.org.%5D

      Like obese people, drug and alcohol users, abusers, and addicts drain the health care system. However, drug and alcohol users take up more than their share of hospital emergency room resources and time. They also contribute heavily to an overburdened legal system and to state budget deficits through traffic, criminal, and family court time and expense. And their criminal court and subsequent jail time and expenses are not only for getting busted with a joint or drinking in public at a frat party. Many, if not most non-drug/alcohol related crimes are committed by heavy drug/alcohol users, abusers, and addicts!

      This doesn’t even take into consideration the cost to relationships, the cost to individual quality of life, and the cost to society as a whole for the LOSS OF HUMAN POTENTIAL!

      So, yes, all in all, drug and alcohol use, abuse, and addiction are the greater cost to health and to society at large. At least with obesity, for the most part, you still have your sanity and you aren’t going to hold up a mini-mart for Hostess Ho-Hos!

      June 29, 2011 at 17:40 | Report abuse |
  2. lola81

    greg...I agree.

    June 29, 2011 at 13:07 | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Frank

    You can't save someone from themself. Some will be lost just as nature intended. More law more police, more people in prison is just a waste of money. Spend the money on the living and leave the dead alone. This is just more propaganda for the failed Drug War. Let the dead die.............................

    June 29, 2011 at 13:09 | Report abuse | Reply
    • cj

      You say that now. Wait till it is someone you love.

      June 30, 2011 at 16:24 | Report abuse |
  4. sb

    igree with greg.....Legalize (same ppls will be doing the same thing) collect tax revenue from it and spend it on real issues.

    June 29, 2011 at 13:10 | Report abuse | Reply
  5. dog1

    Drug and alcohol use up? Not suprsising with a Democrat in the Whitehouse.

    June 29, 2011 at 13:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Guest

      Idiot...

      June 29, 2011 at 13:13 | Report abuse |
    • Rob

      Yeah, because we all know drug use had been declining during the 8 years Bush was in the White House.

      June 29, 2011 at 13:24 | Report abuse |
    • survivedtillnow?

      dog do you have physical and emotional attachments to barnyard animals?

      June 29, 2011 at 13:29 | Report abuse |
  6. Frank

    I am personally fed up reading this type of propaganda and BS to keep the failed Drug War going. 40,000 dead in Mexico now over a harmless garden herb? This article is trash...................... The Drug War has killed more people than all the drugs on Earth ever have. It time to stop this nonsense...............

    June 29, 2011 at 13:15 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. co

    Food addiction leads to obesity... food and sugary beverages are the drug of choice for many kids, even those of a normal weight.

    June 29, 2011 at 13:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. recoveryb

    As a recovering IV drug user, I wish someone would have educated me more about addiction, its perils, and solutions to help me stop and recover. Instead I had to wait until i had a $200-300 a day habit and hit rock bottom to enter detox and find out that addiction is a disease and that people do recover through the help of treatment and twelve-step programs. Many addicts do recover, but many end up in jail or tragically dying. I think the government and school boards should do much more to educate about addiction and help those who have fallen recover. Sending small time drug offenders to jail is unacceptable, nobody grows up with the goal of becoming a drug addict, and those who are addicts are not at fault, they are born that way, Without help they will not be able to stop, and our jails, prisons, police force, and productivity will continue to be a drain to our economy. More than 3.5 million americans suffer from substance abuse problems. Imagine if all of those were able to become productive members of society. Thats what I call a stimulus.

    June 29, 2011 at 13:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • trEYEangles

      This study doesn't talk about IV drug use, but it does imply that marijuana is an addictive substance. ...Looks like CNN is promoting junk science again.

      June 29, 2011 at 13:57 | Report abuse |
  9. survivedtillnow?

    ya think...starts by 18?...ya sure?

    .

    i was goin by 10

    June 29, 2011 at 13:25 | Report abuse | Reply
  10. LisaP

    I see all the little druggies are out in full force trying to defend their aberrant life styles. Drugs are illegal, lead to crime, prevents the full functioning of the brain, and decreases potential. No parent in their right minds wants their teenage child using any of these substances. As for comparing drugs to food–not in the same ball park. The loonies are out just trying to justify their stupid substance abuse.

    June 29, 2011 at 13:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • greg

      what i do with my life is my business, those who dont want freedom dont want freedom for anyone else

      June 29, 2011 at 13:34 | Report abuse |
    • recoveryb

      addiction is a disease lisa. FACT. Like diabetes or HIV or morbid obesity. Any good insurance will cover drug detox and treatment. What do you suggest we do since you seem to know better? Leave things as is? That seems to be working so good for us....... More people have died of drug overdoses than in the wars in Iraq and afghanistan in the last few years. In massachusettes overdoses is the leading cause of death for teenagers. Something needs to change.

      June 29, 2011 at 13:40 | Report abuse |
    • JT

      Too bad you sound like a idiot when you lump all "drugs" (presumably only illegal ones) together.

      If you want anyone to take you seriously, you need to define which drugs you are talking about (again, legal or illegal).

      How do drugs (again, which ones) prevent the full functioning of the mind? What junk science told you that? BTW, we know very little about how our minds function. To be quite technical, some drugs might even boost mental performance. There are definitely those that boost physical perfomance.

      Drugs decrease potential? This is the worst lie of all. That is a self-fufilling prophesy. You are what you make yourself to be, and there are countless examples of drug users who have arguably more potential than many others – Michael Phelps comes to mind.

      June 29, 2011 at 15:59 | Report abuse |
    • JT

      You can't make a claim that drug OD is the leading cause of death in a state without backing it up. Well you can, but nobody will believe you.

      BTW, is it overdose of alcohol? I have to ask because I've never heard of an overdose on marijuana or tobacco.

      June 29, 2011 at 16:01 | Report abuse |
    • Alyssa

      Amen Lisa.

      June 29, 2011 at 16:47 | Report abuse |
    • abc

      JT – the drugs that impair the mind is what she is talking about. Could be legal or not. And junk science? Do you also believe you were delivered by the stork because scientist don't know a thing? It's all a conspiracy theory to ruin your high. Good for you if you haven't had a problem with any sort of addiction. Good for those who aren't affected by their use, But for those who have or know someone who has you try convince them otherwise that drugs legal or otherwise is harmless and could even be helpful.

      July 29, 2011 at 00:08 | Report abuse |
  11. please stop lying to all of us

    When our own government stops lying about how evil cannabis is, then just maybe the younger generation will believe them about the real dangers of ALCOHOL, TOBACCO and Prescription medication.

    CANNABIS in and of itself has NEVER killed anyone.

    June 29, 2011 at 13:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Frank

      Marijuana is safer than table salt........................

      July 1, 2011 at 00:27 | Report abuse |
  12. dave

    for the record there is no proof that mary jane is an "addictive substance" and therefore should not be grouped together in that blanket term along with tobacco and alcohol.

    June 29, 2011 at 13:36 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Squeaky Voice

    The most abused substance is FOOD. Eat a box of Hostess Cupcakes and see if you don't get a buzz. Our children are self-medicating with food to cover up all kinds of things. It's easier to get, cheap and they even sell it at school. Drug companies love it because it leads to lots of diabetes and weight loss customers.

    June 29, 2011 at 13:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Karen

      Food addiction is a tremendous problem – actually, the problem is addiction to low quality, low nutrient, heavily processed foods. Additionally, you have to eat to survive; you don't have to drink alcohol or smoke a joint for survival...

      ...and no one ever shot a store clerk because they needed a Hostess fix!

      June 29, 2011 at 17:54 | Report abuse |
  14. Dave

    Alcohol, Tobacco, and Marijuana use are all disgusting habits. They are habits which allocate time and resource toward frivolous distraction and waste of time that can be better spent. However, the Government does not have the right to say what a person can and can not do with or to themselves. Therefore, if people want to live that way let them

    June 29, 2011 at 14:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  15. Nathan

    This is idiotic. Obesity is by far the #1 public health concern of our day. Its linked to by far more deaths. Tobacco use is declining, and marijuana hasn't been proven beyond a reasonable doubt to cause public health concerns.
    Of COURSE a group that would stand to benefit from increased worry about drug addiction would think that drugs are the top priority.

    June 29, 2011 at 15:11 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Karen

      ...and as we know a non-profit organization like CASA has a far greater financial gain at stake in this argument than, e.g., Anheuser-Bush...

      June 29, 2011 at 18:01 | Report abuse |
  16. Brian

    First of all, marijauna is not addictive. Interesting that this "study" bases its rankings on the "perception of harm". Who's perception exactly and how did they arrive at that? Sounds to me like government propaganda to keep up the failed "war". Right now we have a dangerous mix of the morality police (Reps) and the more-government-will-solve-everything (Dems) in DC. We need to wake up, stop depending on the government for everything, put the responsibility for raising kids back on the parents, restore individual liberty, and stop poring money we don't have down the drain of misguided policy. We need to vote Libertarian!

    June 29, 2011 at 15:53 | Report abuse | Reply
    • abc

      Wanna bet? I've seen it first hand.

      July 28, 2011 at 23:54 | Report abuse |
  17. Alyssa

    Since I lost an addict, I know what addition does. It ruins lives.

    June 29, 2011 at 16:45 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Liz

      My heart goes out to you for your loss. I/we had to kick our adult child out of the house because his behavior got way too out of control since he got his marijuana card. Now he is homeless & we do not know where he is. Why those clinics give out those marijuana cards without a thorough psychological exam is beyond me.

      June 29, 2011 at 17:13 | Report abuse |
    • Karen

      My heart goes out to you as well! Alcohol and marijuana addiction are currently ruining the lives of several family members, and I am afraid we are about to lose one soon.

      June 29, 2011 at 18:04 | Report abuse |
    • RM

      I feel your pain as I have been faced with the horrible decision to kick my son out of the house too. He has been a heroin addict for many years and has done nothing but destroy my life with his addiction. I have spent over $50,000 on him for rehab and none of it has stopped him. I have come to the realization that I have lost a son to heroin, he is alive right now but I see his path of addiction is going to either land him in prison or in an early grave.

      June 30, 2011 at 11:05 | Report abuse |
    • Alyssa

      What I meant by 'lost' is he wasn't able to make the desicion to quit his addiction or not quit but lose me. It's just as devesatating as someone you love die. Addiction is hard to kick BUT it all comes down to choices. Addicts choose to either be strung out or get help. Addiction may be powerful but it DOES NOT take over the part in our brain able to make decisions. My heart is broken.

      June 30, 2011 at 14:48 | Report abuse |
  18. TheFour

    When are we going to get serious about ending the addiction problem in this country? If we want to win the war we have to change the way we're going about things. Legalizing all drugs is NOT a white flag–it is a change in tactics. The War on Drugs has failed, but because we should be fighing the War on Addiction. Treating addicts like criminals and locking them up only makes them more efficient addicts. How, when countries that have decriminalized all drugs see a 25% DROP in heroin use, while the rest of the world has seen a 35% INCREASE under prohibition can we say that this is working? It isn't. Legalize ALL drugs so they can be regulated and taxed. Meth can be produced in a controlled environment, away from children and by actual chemists with safety regulations and controls on potency. Do you know what the best treatment for heroin use has been so far? HEROIN!! That's right– in European countries they administer medically clean heroin with clean needles given by doctors in a controlled environment with a regimented step-down doseage that is BETTER than methadone or suboxone because the detox from heroin is actually LESS intense than either of the FDA approved drugs here. Drugs are bad– ALL OF THEM. But we're losing the war because we're repeating a failed method. All of the law enforcement jobs lost could be reallocated to the borders. The drug cartels would have to resort only to gun running and human trafficking but we'd be better equipped to stop them because their drug revenue would be taken away, we'd save tax dollars because we're fighting the war on addiction the right way AND we'd be MAKING tax revenue off of sales to responsible recreational users. It sounds radical but it really is the way we need to do this.

    June 29, 2011 at 18:11 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. Tumblewind

    As a recovering addict, I have to say that I see more glamorizing of drinking than ever in my life. I've had to unsubscribe to several magazines because they make it seem as if no meal is complete without alcoholic beverages. I've had to stop social events that should be safe – book clubs, hiking, art – because they now include wine. We are teaching our young people at every turn that all adults socialize using alcohol – an addictive, mind-altering drug that is now included as part of any adult's "good life". Shame on us!

    June 29, 2011 at 18:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Jody

      Serious question: you can't see a alcohol in a magazine or be around other people that drink wine or you'll....(?)....what ? That IS a problem if you would have to answer the ? with a negative action ... For most people, or in the very least a lot of people, alcohol IS a sociable, enjoyable, part of adult life ... Too much so for some (I've fallen into this category at times) ... On the other hand, despite health risks associated with getting carried away from time to time, I've never had a problem being "around it" (its not like 2nd hand cig smoke)...I go out to business dinners all the time with others who drink and I don't, I have liquor in the house I haven't touched for months and months, I turn down drinks at sporting events from time to time...

      June 29, 2011 at 20:00 | Report abuse |
    • abc

      Well Jody, I guess you aren't an addict then are you.

      July 28, 2011 at 23:56 | Report abuse |
  20. Andre

    1) Alcohol

    2) Tobacco

    3) Marijuana

    4) Prescription drugs

    And which one of these can't kill you.

    June 30, 2011 at 04:34 | Report abuse | Reply
    • The Don

      Andre, that is a good argument in terms of overdosing, but my roommate smokes daily, and is probably high more often then not, and does some stupid stuff that probably should have killed him. I agree that you cannot overdose on marijuana (probably because you pass out before it is physically possible), but that doesn't mean it is harmless. Some wait it out on the sofa in the basement, others decide it is a good idea to go base jumping off a three story building without any clothes. To each his own.

      June 30, 2011 at 11:53 | Report abuse |
  21. Andre

    I am a straight A computer science student that smokes pot.. tell me why this is bad for me again? I sleep well, I get good grades, I feel great. I've smoked since I was 15 and it hasn't hurt me one bit. Stop lying about marijuana.

    June 30, 2011 at 04:38 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Susan

      You feel great and you've smoked pot since you were 15....wait until you can't get a job because of a positive drug screen, or you get a DUI and can't get through an Alcohol Prevention Program because they test you and...it goes on and on. It is painful to watch someone you love try to convince themselves that they aren't hurting anyone by using. I have an adult child that started with pot at 15, too. She's one of the most intelligent,unproductive people I know. And it's not because we didn't talk, get counseling, etc. Apparently her desire to use is stronger than her ability to control it. No one is lying about pot. It destroys families just like alcohol, heroin and any other substance you can't give up. I hope your life works out...

      June 30, 2011 at 09:48 | Report abuse |
  22. The Don

    "Another finding: 75% of high school students have used addictive substances with 1 in 5 of them meeting the medical criteria for addiction."

    This statement proves how worthless this article is, and how these, so called, researchers can use wording to manipulate results and sway opinion. Caffine is an addictive substance. How may kids under 18 do you know who have not tried caffiene and how many are addicted to it. The "drug" classification is a terrible argument because there are so many kinds of drugs out there; some obviously more dangerous than others.

    June 30, 2011 at 11:48 | Report abuse | Reply
    • The Don

      And fat people are America's #1 health problem, not drugs.

      June 30, 2011 at 11:55 | Report abuse |
  23. KWS

    Even if we stick to the list in the article, I am not worried or even disappointed that 75% of high school students have, at some time, had a drink of beer or wine, puffed a cigarette, or even "hit the doobie". That's the age of experimentation, and I would be surprised if the number was much lower. (That doesn't mean I think it's great!)

    As for the 20% who are supposedly "addicted" to something (or is that 20% of the 75%?; I love articles that manipulate statistics to get a reaction!), what does "the medical definition" mean? They "like" it? They indicate they'll "have some whenever it's available"? They'll steal their mother's wedding ring and pawn it? Some clarity here please; It might sway my opinion.

    Bottom line: this story is a big PR ploy from an agency looking to alarm people to get funding and support!

    June 30, 2011 at 13:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  24. william

    Saying pot is addictive is like saying coffee, diet coke, or your favoritre ice cream is addictive. It's stupid, wrong, and boneheaded. The only folks bloviating about pot being addictive are making their living off keeping drugs illegal, including the police, politicians, the prison system and all the rest..... not to mention the drug cartels who thrive on illegality.

    June 30, 2011 at 14:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • abc

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  27. wow

    It is really interesting to see that the majority of people responding here have a family member that is or was an addict, or are an addict themselves. Those of you that are stupid enough to belive that marijuana is not addictive, obviously are in denial that you are addicted to it or why else would you be so defensive? If it is not addictive then why are so many people so damn adament on fighting for the legalization of it.....duh......because you are an addict. I know numerous people that smoke it, and none of them can or will quit and most are unproductive members of society. I have smoked it before numerous times and felt like a loser because all it is good for is making you lazy and unable to think clearly. I was a teenager then of course so I couldn't even imagine as an adult wanting to feel as worthless as it makes you feel. So I guess maybe thats us different.....an addict vs non-addict.

    July 1, 2011 at 23:39 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alyssa

      wow, you just wowed me. Thank you for that post.

      July 3, 2011 at 17:58 | Report abuse |
    • Alyssa

      I don't know a non-addict who would defend drugs.

      July 3, 2011 at 18:05 | Report abuse |
  28. Brandt Hardin

    Pharmaceutical companies cause OVER 100,000 deaths each year from the drugs they push on the public… that’s 10 times more deaths than from street drugs. Does EVERYone need a pill for something? The real drug cartels moving their product on unassuming victims are the Big Pharma Companies, averaging over $25 Billion in revenue EACH. Their agenda and money has corrupted Washington and the FDA. Voice your concern with me at http://tinyurl.com/3ut7m4z

    July 2, 2011 at 12:42 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. pothead

    I've smoked pot for the last 11 years. I used to drink heavily, but have stopped about 3 years ago. I've never smoked cigarettes, and I've never even tried other drugs, other than shrooms a few times(not for years though). I am a productive member of society, as I pay my taxes, and have held a job the entire time i've smoked. I started when i was 18. I've never had an urge to move on to anything stronger, nor have I ever "overdosed". I have many friends who also smoke regularly with similar experiences. I also have many family members who smoke, perhaps maybe less than myself, but still they smoke, and NOT ONE, of any of those people have had their lives ruined by cannabis. well, there is one, but he was a heroin addict, and as such, i don't include him.(heroin is actually a life destroying drug). People who smoke pot, and don't do other drugs, are not "addicted", we just enjoy the life style. There is nothing wrong with wanting to wind down a long day of work with a glass of wine, or a bottle of beer, but why can't some one choose to do so with a joint? Do you people against pot(specifically) believe that your alchohol was any different durring prohibition? The only reason pot hasn't been legalized already is because politicians don't want to stick their proverbial foot in their mouths. I dare any one to formulate an argument of alchohol vs pot, that indicates pot is so much worse for you than alchohol is.
    by the way, how often do you hear of some one coming home completely baked out of their mind (from pot), and beats their wives and kids? alright, now ask that same question replacing pot with alchohol. Ignorance must be bliss.

    July 5, 2011 at 23:14 | Report abuse | Reply
    • abc

      No but I have seen them lose jobs for years, neglect their family, drive and putting others at risk. There is a reason why people in AA or NA have similar stories. It isn't a coincidence that they lost their house, their wives, their kids. Your ignorance must be bliss.

      July 29, 2011 at 00:01 | Report abuse |
  30. nirvana

    pot is not a drug you become physically addicted to. It can be a mental addiction of someone really likeing it though. these are pretty similair but the major difference is soemthing i learned from "Half Baked".
    Have you ever heard of someone sucking dick for crack? yes, have you ever heard of someone doing that for wee? no! you cant become physically dependent on it like you can for perscription drugs, crack, heroin, alcohol, nicotine. I smoke pot, and i am mentally addicted, which means i want it alot, but i can go as long as i need to without it, and i feel fine.
    But my main belief, is that if you lose control of your life its YOUR fault. its not the drugs fault or alcohols fault. its the persons fault for letting that substance take control of their life.
    thats another reason i support legalization, we should still inform people on the drugs, and the effects so they know about it, and if they want to do them then thats their choice. if they destroy their life then thats their choice and if they destroy someone elses life then they pay the price.

    August 23, 2011 at 22:11 | Report abuse | Reply
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