Drug Use Causes and Effects on Adolescents

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ABSTRACT Although substance abuse is always a serious matter, adolescents substance abuse is especially dangerous. Nowadays teenagers abuse all sorts of drugs, including not only alcohol, cigarette, prescription drugs but also marijuana and cocaine. This paper, based on secondary research, discusses why young people use and abuse drugs and how it affects teenage. In particular, adolescent substance use results from lack of parents’ supervision, the availability of drugs in the environment they live and suffering from stress. The findings of the research indicate that using substances leads to a lot of effects on health and work, especially for teens, it causes some brain problem and has influences on study at school. Finally, based on the findings, the paper draws the conclusion that using drugs of adolescents can results in seriously unexpected consequences, so solutions need making before it gets worse. TABLE OF CONTENTS ABSTRACT ………………………………………………………………….……...i 1. Introduction ………………………………………………………………….......1 2. Discussion of findings …………………………………………………………....1 3.1 Causes of using drugs by adolescents……………………………..……….1 3.2 Effects of using drugs on adolescents …………………..…………………2 3.3 Prevention and treatment…………………………………………………..3 3. Conclusion …………………………….…………………………………….…….4 REFERENCES ………………………………………………………………………6 1. Introduction Adolescent drug use is one of the biggest national public health problems. Studies of Lewis (2002, unpub.) suggested that the younger a person start using drugs, the greater the likelihood that a substance abuse disorder would develop and continue into adulthood. “In fact, more than 90 percent of adults with current substance use disorders started using before age 18; half of those began before age 15” said by Lewis. He (2002, p.1) also claimed that there had been a large number of
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