We all understand how bullying can take a toll on a person’s mind and body, but, as parents and caretakers, we never want to hear that our children are being lashed by harsh words and a string of obscene cruelties. Despite our attempts to protect little ones, though, bullying will always be a fact of life that can never be stopped. In turn, our best chance is to fight it as best as we can and attempt to move on. However, for young ones who are just entering the joys of life, harassment and venomous bullying can often result in introverted behavior and (in the worst case scenario) lead to behavioral problems, including drug use (or addiction). So how are bullying and drug use connected? How do these two problems go hand-in-hand? Let’s take a closer look and find out.

Proof Is in the Pudding

Everyone is aware of how emotionally challenging bullying can be to a child. However, in a study from 2011 to 2014, a team of researchers from the American Academy of Pediatrics shed some new light on this unfortunate problem. As part of the project, the researchers studied 5,000 students from schools in Alabama, California, and Texas. In scheduled succession, the team analyzed each student when they reached 5th, 7th, and 10th grades.

Ultimately, the researchers found that students who suffered from bullying in the 5th grade were more likely to consume marijuana, alcohol, and tobacco than other students by the time they entered 10th grade.

Warning Signs

HOW BULLYING AND DRUG USE CAN GO HAND-IN-HANDObvious warning signs of bullying may include changes in your child’s behavior or the sudden and frequent occurrence of bruises, cuts, and abrasions. Likewise, a boy or girl may be afraid to be separated from their friends or walk alone. Although physical bullying is easily counteracted, psychological and emotional bullying is an even greater cause for concern. Here are some examples of the different types of bullying:

  • Verbal Bullying: saying or writing cruel things to a victim (including name-calling)
  • Social Bullying: an attempt to destroy a person’s relationships
  • Physical Bullying: injuring a victim (slapping, hitting, or punching)
  • Cyberbullying: sending cruel texts or providing false information (fake pictures, fake quotes)

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