“The problem is, my daughter doesn’t even know what drugs are.
We’re not allowed to have a conversation about drugs.”
That’s the opinion of the mother of a 12-year-old girl who was taken to the hospital after being found with an open bag of drugs in her car.
“She has no idea what it is,” her mother, Melissa Gaddis, told The Washington Post.
“My daughter doesn, I think, knows the word ‘drug’.” She was taken by ambulance to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh after her daughter’s school bus pulled up to her house on Friday afternoon.
The girl had been admitted to the ER with an undisclosed medical condition, Gaddas said.
When Gaddi went to check on her daughter, she found her unconscious and in a coma.
The driver told police that he did not know what drug was in the bag, Gattis said.
“It looked like some kind of baggie with something inside,” she said.
The boy’s parents, who declined to be identified for fear of jeopardizing their daughter’s medical treatment, are now seeking a police investigation into the incident.
“I’m shocked,” Gaddias said.
But the girl’s mother said that her daughter is just too young to understand what drugs might be in her bag.
“We don’t know what this is,” Gattias said, adding that her family was “very concerned” about the girl and her health.
Gaddios’ story is one of many stories about children who have been victimized by drug dealers, who are often teenagers or teens with behavioral problems.
The National Institute on Drug Abuse, which tracks drug use in children, says that about 1.4 million children ages 11 and younger were diagnosed with an underlying medical condition last year.
And according to data from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, about 1 in 5 children ages 12 to 17 has experienced at least one drug-related problem in the past year.
About 1.3 million children are currently in treatment for an opioid-related disorder, according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
According to a survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a total of 11.5 million Americans aged 12 to 19 have used drugs in the last year, with 2.4 percent reporting an addiction to prescription pain relievers.
The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Service Administration, which is part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the number of opioid-involved deaths among youth is higher than the national average.
In 2014, about 2,700 people were killed in drug-involved vehicle crashes, according the American Automobile Association.
About 60 percent of those who died in car crashes in 2014 were black or Hispanic.
The number of children in the U.S. diagnosed with ADHD and bipolar disorder has increased over the last decade, according a study published in June by the National Institutes of Health.
ADHD is a disorder characterized by persistent difficulty with attention and impulse control.
It is one reason that nearly a third of adults with ADHD have attempted suicide, the study found.
Bipolar disorder is a mental illness that affects the way people respond to stress.
It affects people differently depending on their age, race, gender and other factors, according as the National Institute of Mental Health.