Book review Sugar (The Stones Series)
Sugar- Book Warns Against Drugs
Drug abusers have different reasons for their addictions. Some people may say it stems from the early stages of childhood neglect. Substance addictions are hard to break, and statistics say the percentage of drug addicts have been physically abused as children.
The novel, Sugar, by Jeannie White helps teenagers understand drug addictions and using substance abuse. It warns the reader that drugs are evil and how they can overtake our lives. While drugs seem to be everywhere in today’s society, we can avoid taking them by using our common sense.
Even though drugs can seem safe to take, often they ruin lives and affect our health dramatically. Every day in the United States, 113 people die as a result of drug overdoses and 6,748 are treated in emergency departments for the misuse and abuse of drugs. In 2011, more than 41,000 people died from drug overdoses in the US. 3,700 of those deaths that year were known as youth.
Sugar spreads the warning of drugs, and tells young people in a dramatic story, the use of drugs should be taken seriously.
Jane, a girl from Sugar, seeks the attention from her boyfriend, Gavin, who is agitated by her drug addiction. Gavin tells Jane, he will leave her if she does not stop taking drugs. Eventually drugs take over Jane’s life and she no longer feels in control.
While people around Jane are overdosing and becoming sick from drugs, her addiction begins to look serious. As Jane is bothered by her personal life, she seek refuge in drugs, although she tries to help another girl with her drug problem. Jane realizes that starting drugs was easy, but stopping seemed so much harder.
People reading Sugar may understand Jane’s craving for drugs, and it could lead people to seek help with their addictions or avoiding drugs altogether.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. The Brain: Understanding Neurobiology Through the Study of Addiction(http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/brain-understanding-neurobiology-through-study-addiction). NIH Pub. No. 00-4871. Bethesda, MD: NIDA, NIH, DHHS. Revised March 2010. Retrieved December 2012.