Why this story matters:
"How will we prevent him from smoking and drinking?" my fiancé and I have wondered while looking at our sleeping son.
If the drug epidemic keeps going at its current rate in Estonia, it won't be beer or cigarettes that we'll have to worry about when he grows up. Beer will probably be like Facebook -- so old school!
My generation of Estonians barely knows anything about drugs. I wouldn't know where and how to get cannabis in the capital of Tallinn. But I can't live in my bubble for long. The future is here. Estonian students are using drugs at an increasing rate. And the problems that drugs cause can be far worse than a hangover or a smoker's cough.
As the pressure and expectations on school children to perform well in their studies as well as in their extracurricular activities increase, their mental health deteriorates. They won't go to a park for a big gulp of beer with their friends. They will release the tension in a whole different way. And European parents have to be ready for what is coming -- fast.
What are they using?
- More young people are turning to drugs to treat themselves. They use substances like cannabis, LSD, amphetamine, and ecstasy.
- The latest trends involve mushrooms and psychedelics, synthetic hallucinogens, and substances that the doctors have yet to name.
- Children of divorced parents are more prone for depression.
- Depressed children often study well at school and have many hobbies, but say they are lost and don't know what will become of them.
- Most of the young patients at The Psychiatry Clinic of North Estonia Medical Centre, the larges psychiatric care provider in Estonia, come from families with educated parents with steady jobs.
- Only one out of four Psychiatry Clinic patients comes from a troubled family, where children have been left without care.
- It is predicted that depression will be the most common disease in the Western countries by 2050.