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May 2010

Teen Drug Abuse, the Need to Know

by Staff, on at risk, at risk youth, drug, drug abuse, drugs, risk youth blog, teen drug abuse

By now we all know that drugs have become a part of our society, we don’t want it that way, but unfortunately that is the sad truth. We are all fighting to stop the use of drugs from spreading, especially on our kids, but before we actually do something we need to know what we are doing. And to know what we are doing we need to know what we are going up against, which means we need to know what drugs are used, how they affect the user, what are the dangerous effects of these drugs and how to prevent people, kids, our kids, from using them and if they do use them how to help them stop.

Now these are too many questions that need an answer, and we can’t cover a tenth of those here, so we will cover the most important things and we will provide you with sources to go to for more information, places where you can educate yourself and learn more about dealing with teen drug abuse.
The first thing you need to be aware of are stats that show the drug use by teenagers.
-    One out of four teenagers has used some drug in the past month -    30% of kids in 8th grade have used some drug at one point -    45% of kids in 10th grade have used some drugs at one point -    53% of kids in 12th grade have used some drugs at one point When you look at these high numbers you are clear on what you already knew, this problem is getting out of hand. We are showing you these stats because there are people out there that unfortunately won’t admit the fact that we have this problem in our backyard and that their children might also be using, or should we say abusing. Another scary fact is that more than 20% of parents find out about their teen drug abuse problem when it’s too late, when it’s time for rehab, and by that time the child may already have suffered severe consequences.
Now that we have gotten this out of the way the most important thing you need to know is what drugs are your kids using and how they affect them, and of course how to deal with them. So you need to learn about those drugs, educate yourself. I will list the most commonly used drugs by teenagers and you can use the links in this article to learn everything about those drugs.
-    Alcohol -    Tobacco -    Marijuana -    Cold medications (Benadryl, Sudafed) -    Inhalants (Gasoline, Glue) -    Depressants (Barbiturates, Benzodiazepines) -    Amphetamines -    Cocaine -    Speed -    Morphine -    Heroine -    Hallucinogens (LSD, Acid) -    Anesthetics -    Ecstasy -    Anabolic Steroids Now you will agree that the biggest problem currently is not the hard drugs like Heroine or Cocaine, because those are heavy drugs that are harder to get. But there are plenty of over the counter medicine that kids can get easily; you keep most of them at home. Plus there are always school dealer and most of the club drugs like ecstasy can be found everywhere. Study those drugs and the effects, especially how they affect the teenagers behavior, if you do you have the chance to see it coming and stop it on time, before your teenager suffers damage caused by drug abuse. Staff