Teen Drug Abuse

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According to Timothy Wilens MD, there is “data indicating that 1 in 10 adolescents has a SUD [substance use disorder] . . . Roughly 80% experienced onset before age 25 years” (Wilens). With this large number of teens abusing drugs, the question of what the effects and consequences of drug abuse as a teen are becomes relevant. Specifically, identifying what the effects and consequences of teen drug abuse are through a scientific lense is important because drugs affect the body, brain, and its chemical balances. Drug abuse is a very specific term. It is not the same thing as drug use or drug addiction. It is important to understand what drug abuse is to be able to assess the effects and consequences of it accurately. The National Institute on Drug Abuse, which is a government run organization, says that, “People use substances for a variety of reasons. It becomes drug abuse when people use illegal drugs or use legal drugs inappropriately. This includes the repeated use of drugs to produce pleasure, alleviate stress, and/or alter or avoid reality. It also includes using prescription drugs in ways other than prescribed or using someone else’s prescription” (Abuse). When teens use illegal or prescription drugs not in the way intended by the doctor who prescribed them, it is considered drug abuse. If a teen is using drugs to escape from reality or relieve stress, it is also considered drug abuse. This abuse happens for a number of reasons. There is a slew of reasons for why teens
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