Prescription Drugs the New High Abuse of prescription medicine is a growing problem among our youth. Believing that because it is legally obtained it’s acceptable. “Each generation typically finds a new illicit drug to make its own: LSD in the ‘70s, cocaine in the ‘80s, and Ectasy and herion in the ‘90s. Today’s middle and high school students are experimenting with prescription drugs.” (Costello, 2005) Over the internet, at a” Pharm Party,” even out of our own medicine cabinet pills are readily available. The question becomes who can help educate, prevent, and treat these teens.
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Teenage drinking affects the academic achievements of many teens that drink; in some cases that involves poor or failing grades and excessive absences. A long-term effect of teenagers consuming alcohol is the fact that they are more prone to addiction. 87% of teens who drink alcohol before the age of twenty one are susceptible to being alcoholics for the rest of their lives. Drinking is a major factor in the leading cause of teen deaths. Most teenagers do not outgrow the unhealthy habit of heavy drinking.
High school itself is surrounded with the pressure of getting good grades for a future education and also the pressures of drugs, alcohol, boys, sports and adult influence. “The National Scholastic Journal took a poll of a group of one hundred students at random, “In today’s generation high school students believe the pressure they face has switched from peer pressure to pressure based of off social media” (Baur, 2013). Teenagers are hardly given a break & the media seems to add on to the pressures. A teenager’s biggest fear is to be considered an outcast. The media states in order for you to fit in you have to be thin.
It also mentioned that “Consequences of underage drinking include: school problems, such as higher absence and poor or failing grades; social problems, such as fighting and lack of participation in youth activities; legal problems, such as arrest for driving or physically hurting someone while drunk; physical problems, such as hangovers or illnesses; unwanted, unplanned, and unprotected sexual activity; disruption of normal growth and sexual development; physical and sexual assault; higher risk for suicide and homicide; alcohol-related car crashes and other unintentional injuries, such as burns, falls, and drowning; memory problems; abuse of other drugs; changes in brain development that may have
O'Connor also reports in a study done on 473 people that were prenatally exposed to alcohol 44% were diagnosed with major depressive disorder, 40% had psychotic disorders, and 20% had bipolar disorders(Women's Health1). Studies on prenatal alcohol exposure and relation to IQ show varying severities. It was noted that some children for unknown reasons are more susceptible than others to the effects of alcohol. An article in Journal of School Health by Jennifer H. Green reports on a review of studies done showing an average IQ for people with fetal alcohol syndrome at 65.73 with a range of 20-120 (Green 1). Fetal alcohol syndrome is a preventable problem.
FASD: Pregnancy and Alcohol,Prenatal Alcohol Exposure, and Risks and Interventions Laura M. Robbins Ivy Tech College Author Note Laura M. Robbins, Department of Psychology, Ivy Tech. Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Laura Robbins, 12070 Clear Sky Court, Fishers, IN 46037. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org Prenatal Alcohol Exposure, and Risks and Interventions Pregnancy and Alcohol, Risks and Interventions Marchetta states that fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASDs), emcompassencompass a wide-range of alcohol-related birth defects, and alcohol-related neurodevelopment disorders, which are estimated to affect at least 1% of all births in the United States (as cited in May, 2001, p. 159-67). According to Kully-Martens (2012), “FASD is an umbrella term that includes a range of physical, behavioral, cognitive, and psychosocial impairments that result from prenatal alcohol exposure.” (p. 1). In addition to these effects FASD due
The author writes about the diseases and condition of long and short term use of alcohol. How it effect women, young people and families. He also discuss the signs and how to treat the disease, also there is a testimony of how someone started drinking as young as 11 years old. In concussion this is a serious condition that research shows that if someone start drinking before the age of 15, they are five times more likely to become alcohol dependent than those who start drinking at