Statistics have shown each approximately 5,500 young people at the age of twenty-one died of the result of underage drinking; this includes about 2,000 deaths in automobile crashes, 3,000 as a result of homicides and 500 from suicides. Although, many adolescents drink responsibly or is abstain all together, binge drinking is an enormous problem. It is very important as a parent or guardian to talk to adolescents about the risk and consequences of binge drinking can have on
A family history of addiction provides a great risk of being an alcoholic. Most commonly is it being a psychological crutch helping them with daily or life problems. The most addictive, part of alcohol consumption is ethanol which is extremely poisonous to the body. Most addictive legal drug is outlawed but many people still seem to get their
Other physical symptoms include an increased heart rate and blood pressure, dry mouth, red eyes, decreased coordination, slowed reaction time, and increased appetite. The kidneys can take a lot of damage from substance abuse. Kidney failure is common with long time users of heroine, crystal meth, and other dangerous drugs. Liver failure is very common in people with alcoholism but also occurs in people using a lot of Vicodin and OxyContin. The most common conditions among drug addicts are heart attacks and heart disease.
Because of easy access and the invention of the hypodermic needle, people started abusing the drug. Heroin was then developed from morphine, which is up to 10 times as strong as morphine. In modern times, narcotics are administered to patients with chronic pain. Immediately after taking narcotics, nausea and vomiting may occur. Common short term effects are the constriction of pupils, drowsiness, apathy, slow breathing and dilation of blood vessels.
In 2008 the number of kids that reported the misuse of prescription drugs was 1 in 5 teens (Partnership Tracking Study [PATS], 2009). An increase from 2003’s estimated 2.3 million teens in the U.S. (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], 2004). This has showed that out of the 1.7 million emergency room visits that over 700,000 involved prescription drugs (Drug Abuse Warning Network [DAWN], 2008). This problem with teens is very important because of two reasons, it can have severely impact on brain development during adolescence, (Compton & Volkow, 2005) and the misuse of prescription drugs before 16 may lead to more drug use later in life (SAMHSA, 2006). That is why there is so much concern with teens misusing prescription drugs is because of the long and short term medical problems it causes and how quickly the problem is growing in our
There were many reasons an adolescent will try and even abuse different types of drugs and possibly alcohol; some of them included peer pressure, boredom, and curiosity and/or family problems such as parents going through a divorce. There were many warning signs and consequences that both adolescents and others should looked out for when getting involved with drugs. Once addicted to any type of drug, it can have a long-lasting effect on that adolescent's life, which can unfortunately cause death if left untreated. There was hope for those addicted; by one recognizing that may have a problem it can help lead them on the road to recovery, which can be a reward all in itself. However, it was very beneficial for an adolescent to have support from others when recovering, along with encouragement, comfort and guidance.
Addictive disorders like drug abuse are the most widespread and intransigent mental health problems facing us today. Many problems of alcohol use involve difficulties that stem solely from the intoxicating effects of the substances. Dependence occurs when an individual develops a tolerance for the substance or exhibits withdrawal symptoms when it is not available. Drug abuse disorders may involve physiological dependence on substances, such as opiates- particularly heroin-or barbiturates; however psychological dependence may also occur with any of the drugs that are commonly used today-for e.g. marijuana.
Teens who are depressed are more susceptible to using drugs. A teen who is depressed might turn to drugs to try to solve their problems because they don’t know what else to turn to. A teen with family or relationship problems is more susceptible to drugs because they want something to get their mind off of their problems. Another reason why teens do drugs today is because they are curious. When other teens are talking about drugs it makes others want to try it.
Common side effects from antipsychotics may include: •Sleepiness (sedation) •Dizziness •Weight gain •Increased chance of diabetes and high cholesterol •Feelings of restlessness or "jitters" •Slowed movements •Tremor Long-term use of antipsychotic medications may increase your risk for a movement disorder called tardive dyskinesia. This condition causes repeated movements that you cannot control, especially around the mouth. Call your doctor right away if you think you may have this
A study was done by the DEA in 2004 in which 19.1 million Americans aged 12 or older used illicit drugs in the 30 days prior to the study. A whopping 14.6 million of those people had used Marijuana, making it the most commonly used in