Dear Straight Talk: I’m 10 and my big brother is in eighth grade. He used to be so much fun and I looked up to him. Now I’ve spied him stealing money from our mother’s purse and sniffing from chemicals in our garage. I don’t want to get him in trouble, but he has become a complete idiot since he’s got these two new friends. He hardly talks to me anymore. Our parents are divorced and our mom works very hard and doesn’t notice how much he has changed. What should I do? — James, Woodland
Gregg, 23, Los Angeles: TELL BOTH YOUR PARENTS ASAP! Tell them about the inhalants, that he’s stealing from your mom — I guarantee to buy cigarettes or other drugs — and that his two friends are scumbags. If you think he’s an idiot, it’s because he is an idiot. Your parents need to step in. Stand by what you say and tell them even though you are scared. Huffing is disgusting. My friends and I did some bad stuff, but huffing is gross, it’s trashy, it’s unknown chemicals poisoning the brain. It’s probably why he’s an idiot! You sound strong. Stop protecting your brother. Tell on him!
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