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Drugs That Teens Abuse
Teenagers abuse a variety of drugs -- legal and illegal
The use of illegal drugs is increasing, especially among young teens. The average age of first marijuana use is 14, and alcohol use can start before age 12. The use of marijuana and alcohol in high school has become common.
Drug use is associated with a variety of negative consequences, including increased risk of serious drug use later in life, school failure, and poor judgment which may put teens at risk for accidents, violence, unplanned and unsafe sex, and suicide.
Center for Substance Abuse Research ~ CESAR at the University of Maryland, College Park, provides comprehensive information on substance abuse for individuals, families, and communities.
Coach's Playbook Against Drugs ~ Athletic coaches have a special relationship with athletes and other students but often underestimate their influence on these young people. The purpose of this playbook is to help coaches educate their athletes about the dangers of drugs.
Drinking or using drugs before 15 triples risk of becoming addict or criminal ~ Even children who had shown no signs of problem behavior while they were young were more likely to go on to become addicted to drink or drugs, contract sexually transmitted diseases, and have a criminal record, if they took drugs or drank on 'multiple occasions' in their early teens.
Embalming Fluid-Soaked Marijuana ~ Intoxication looks nearly identical to that seen following phencyclidine (PCP) use, with agitation, disorganized speech and thoughts, and diminished attention.
High Society: How Substance Abuse Ravages America and What To Do About It (pdf) ~ Americans, comprising only four percent of the world’s population, consume two-thirds of the world’s illegal drugs. Author Joseph A. Califano, Jr. gives a call to action for a fundamental change in our attitude about the pervasive and pernicious role drug and alcohol abuse play in our society and a revolution in the way we deal with it.
Moyers on Addiction ~ Web companion piece to PBS series; excellent!
Sex Addiction is Linked to Other Addictions ~ The addiction process has an interactive nature.
Xanax often abused for easy high ~ Three out of every four drugs that are used illegally in the United States are prescription medications. Xanax is one of them.
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