The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention promoted the general reopening of schools, highlighting the low coronavirus risk for children without a preexisting condition. However, if children are out of school, it could lead to more serious issues and more children struggling with mental health and addiction. Kids who are not going to school and staying connected to something positive and productive are more likely to become involved in things that are the complete opposite. Every year within the United States, there is a recorded 150,000 treatment admissions for adolescents under the age of 18, according to Drug Rehab Services.
Substance abuse that goes untreated leads to countless issues that teens struggle with. According to the CDC, there are have been more suicide deaths among high school students than deaths related to COVID. There are also greater deaths from a drug overdose that is above excess among adolescents. Overall, the goal should be to get kids back to school, connect with friends, and support systems that help keep them physically and mentally healthy. It is estimated in the United States that over 22 million kids are struggling with addiction, and 95.5% of these children feel no need to seek out treatment.
The risk of suicide increases among teens who are struggling with addiction. It is essential that kids are connected to the support they need. Being out of school, the continued government interference, and not being able to socialize takes a toll. Afterschool programs are essential, and kids staying connected with friends helps with preventing addiction and mental health issues. Also, suicide prevention in schools has helped save many lives. Overall, it is difficult to say what will happen, but there are more benefits with kids being in school than out.