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Teenage Drug Use - PDHPE
Transcript of Teenage Drug Use - PDHPE
Teens who abuse drugs are more likely than those who don’t to engage in offences such as fighting and stealing.
More likely to be involved in car accident-related injuries or death.
By Aziza, Saira and Zahrah One of the most popular risk-taking behaviour that teenagers take part in is drug use. Drug use among teens may include the use of illegal drugs such as cocaine, heroin, marijuana, ecstasy and the improper use of prescription drugs.
Teenagers are often exposed to alcohol and drugs;
there is a likely chance that most teenagers will try
Young people as young as thirteen have tried drugs. Contributing factors to teen drug abuse A number of factors can contribute to teen drug abuse. Teenagers use alcohol and drugs for a number of reasons including attempts to fit in, to increase confidence and to manage stress. Some factors that contribute to teenage drug use are ... Peer Pressure Teens are often pressured by their friends to take drugs so they can appear to be "cool" or to "fit in". A good social reputation is really important for a teenager. They will go to any extent to have a high social reputation, even if it means taking drugs. Self Esteem Teens go through physiological changes, facing feelings of increased insecurity and issues of self-esteem. E.g. body image Family Environment If drugs are used by family members there is a higher risk that the children will later develop a potential for drug abuse. Drug Availability The easier it is for a person to obtain drugs, the more likely he will use the drugs. Stress and Trauma Experiences can cause stress in a person's life so they turn to drugs to self-medicate themselves.
E.g. of stressors: exams
E.g. trauma: witnessing violence, being abused
Consequences of Teenage Drug Abuse Common negative effects of drug abuse include: Emotional Problems Cause/mask emotional issues e.g. anxiety, depression, mood swings, schizophrenia and suicidal thoughts.
Increase severity of these problems e.g. teens that use marijuana weekly double their risk of depression and anxiety.
Risky Sex Teens that take drugs are more prone to have unprotected sex and with a stranger, leading to an increased risk of STDs, teen pregnancy and sexual assault. Learning Problems Damages short-term and long-term memory and learning abilities. Diseases and Brain Damage Increased risk of diseases like HIV, AIDS and Hepatitis B and C, especially with drugs injected by needles.
May result in serious mental disorders or permanent, irreversible damage to the brain or nervous system.
E.g. amnesia and memory problems; impaired reasoning and perception; increased or decreased socialization; and changes in sexual desire. Some Stats ... Get involved in extracurricular activities: (sports, music programs, recreational activities etc.) relieves stress
Keeping a good relationship with friends and family
Drug awareness (campaigns/health seminars)
How to prevent/reduce teen drug use Addiction and dependence The younger a person is when they begin using drugs, the more susceptible they are to developing an addiction and a setback in life, due to dependence. The National Drug Strategy 2010-2015 is an Australian Government Organisation that aims to:
Reduce young Australians’ motivation to use illicit drugs by increasing their knowledge about the negative effects of drug use.
The Australian Government’s National Drugs Campaign (NDC) is part of The National Drug Strategy. The National Drugs Campaign is designed to support education around illicit drug issues, and licit drug issues.
Recent Drug Campaign The most recent campaign took place between 2010 and 2011. Purpose:
To reduce the use of illicit drugs among young Australians, by raising awareness of the harms caused by drug use and encouraging and supporting decisions not to use.
The campaign featured:
Radio, print, outdoor, and online advertising.
Youth marketing activities short film competition, Rock the Schools
The Key overall messages the campaign promotes are:
There are real risks and harms associated with using illicit drug
There are real benefits to not using illicit drugs
There is a range of information available on the facts about using illicit drugs.
National Drugs Campaign 2010-–11 Here's an advertisement about ecstasy..
it knocked the breathe out of me the first time I ever watched it, so it must be effective ... Thankyou ! Authorised by the Australian Government, sydney. ;)