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Teenage Drug Abuse

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Sijoy Varghese

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Teenage Drug Abuse By: Sijoy Varghese What is Drug Abuse?? excessive use of drugs What is Prescription Drug Abuse?? Most people take medicines only for the reasons their doctors prescribe them. But an estimated 20 percent of people in the United States have used prescription drugs for nonmedical reasons. This is prescription drug abuse. It is a serious and growing problem. 2.2 million people aged 12 and older have abused pain relievers in the past years Prescription pain killers now ranks secondonly behind marijuana The problem is most teens have no idea what medications they are taking and which medications may cause serious problems, even death, if taken with other drugs. What is Cough Medicine Abuse?? You might ask what cough medicine abuse is, cough medicine abuse is taking extremely large doses of cough medicine to get high. The “high” is caused by taking a large amount of dextromethorphan, a common active ingredient found in many cough medications. Common effects include contusion, dizziness, double or blurred vision, slurred speech, loss of physical coordination, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting, rapid heart beat. Cough medicine also is sometimes abused in combustion with other medications, alcohol, and illegal drugs, which can increase the dangerous side effects. research shows that one out of 11 teens, or over two millions teens, from across the country and of all backgrounds, has abused cough medicine to get high. What is Marijuana Abuse?? Marijuana has long been the most frequently used illegal drug. The marijuana that is available to teens today is much stronger then the marijuana that was available in the 1990’s. Kids are using marijuana at an earlier age. Research indicates that the earlier teens start using marijuana, the more likely that is to become dependent on this and other drugs later in life. “Of teens admitted for treatment for marijuana dependence, 59 percent had first used the drug by fourteen years of age, and 26 percent had begun by twelve years of age” When marijuana is smoked, its effects begin immediately after the drug enters the brain and last from one to three hours. If marijuana is consumed in food or drinks, the short term effects begin more slowly, usually in half hours, and last longer, for as long as four hours. Marijuana is the mind-altering substance produced from a a strong-smelling plant What Can We Do?? According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse 61 percent of high school seniors have tried illegal drugs Parents have to talk to there kids about the dangers of abuse Thank You Again Kids need to peer pressure there friends not to do it
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