This author Michael O'Neal has created 11 entries.

Not On My Watch #8 – Dying To Drink

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. It’s that time of year again when we get together with family and friends to enjoy the time off from work and school. It is the time of year when we exchange gifts and have relaxing dinners with family. Occasionally, adults have alcoholic beverages in celebration of the season. Occasionally, our children may sneak alcohol out of the house. Minors will test boundaries and drink with other friends. This could have devastating consequences, turning this...

Not On My Watch #7 – Child Sex Trafficking

It has come to my shocking attention that sex trafficking among our Nation’s youth is epidemic. In my many years in Law Enforcement, I never realized that children were being recruited and forced in the sex trade right here in America. I was appalled and thought that there must be a way to get involved. I needed to understand what this was about. I needed to educate myself and find the resources that would provide me with this information. I...

Keeping Kids Safe Is Hiring

Keeping Kids Safe is a new local non-profit 501(c)3 Child Safety Agency looking to hire reliable, motivated sales and marketing employees for part time or full time work. You can organize and work your own hours. Compensation: Very attractive, commission based to start. The position involves marketing our  new child safety  I.D App. We use revolutionary state of the art I.D. program and safety products, which are one of a kind. We are looking for help promoting our Fund Raisers plus...

Not On My Watch – #6 Latchkey Kids

It’s that time of year again when the days are longer and warmer. Days spent with the family outside, cookouts and the water. School is on summer vacation and that means freedom for our kids. What it means for parents is more time that the child might have to stay at home alone and without parental supervision. Today’s parents both work and some families have just one parent in the primary home. Work is necessary but so is the safety...

Not On My Watch – #5 Prescription Drug Abuse

Parents, Grandparents, and pretty much all families have prescription drugs in their home. This makes prescription drugs readily accessible for anyone to abuse. 1 in 5 children have abused prescription medicines. According to the CDC, every day 2,000 teenagers use prescription drugs to get high. Children between the ages of 12 and 17 are more likely to abuse prescription drugs than they would cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, and ecstasy combined. More than 70% of teenagers say that they obtain the drugs from...

Not On My Watch – #4 Crystal Methamphetamine

I would be remiss if I did not write about the worst drug that society faces today. It is my experienced and professional opinion that crystal methamphetamine will lead to huge physiological and physical problems. I have witnessed this drug directly attribute to violence, homicide, suicide, homelessness, psychosis and physical breakdown. Death will usually occur if treatment is not sought. The user will become addicted quicker than most drugs and crystal methamphetamine will be devastating to the addict and to...

Not On My Watch – #3 MOLLY and Ectasy

If there are certain things that parents have asked about drugs and their kids, it’s  “what does this mean? ” “What does it look like?” “What should I look for?”  All very common and not at all unique. Most parents don’t have any idea of the vast variety of drugs that are available to our children. The days of smelling the odor of marijuana or alcohol are the days of old. Our children have many more options for mind altering...

Not On My Watch #2 – Bath Salts

Hello concerned citizens, parents and child care providers, I guess by now you have heard of Bath Salts. If you have not,  you need to read this blog. If you have, you need to read this blog. Throughout my years in Law Enforcement, street drugs have always been marketed to the user in a nice, picture perfect way. Chemists have tried to change the molecular structure to get around the laws that prohibit the drug that is currently being used...

Not On My Watch #1 – Spice

I want to welcome you to the first of many topics discussed in “Not On My Watch.” This blog is for you. It’s about keeping our kids safe from the dangers that exist in the world today. These dangers change daily and we must be diligent in keeping up with them. Believe me, If we don’t someone else will and that person may be your child. This Week’s Topic is SPICE or K2 This is a brief history of the synthetic drug....