Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Teen Drug Abuse



 

                       https://www.addictioncenter.com/teenage-drug-abuse/

            This article describes and explains how many teens are using drugs today. More teens are being exposed to drugs and using them because of peer pressure from their friends and wanting to fit in with the "cool" crowd "1 in 5 teens have abused prescription medications, according to the Centers for Disease Control. " Even though teens just want to experience the high of drugs, they don't fully understand how they could become addicted so easily. In Health Class, we are discussing how the brain become addicted to drugs and the long term effects drugs has on your brain. This article connects to what we are learning in Health right now because we are discussing why people began using drugs and how most people start when they are teenagers.

            I agree with this article and can connect with it because I have heard many of my classmates who have drank or smoked because their friends do it. I think that this article has very accurate information and reliable because lots of the information is very apparent in today's high schools. I was at first surprised at how many teenager have done drugs because I don't think that many people were doing drugs at such a young age. I was shocked to realize that their are various reasons to why teens use drugs from being depressed to peer pressure.

             Why do you think that teens use drugs?  Is there someone close to you that suffers from drug abuse? If so, why did they start using drugs? How do you suppose that we can start preventing teen drug abuse?        

22 comments:

  1. I think that teens use drugs not only to fit in with their group of friends, but also as a way to escape from reality, and because they don't think they'll get addicted. As we discussed in class today, it is very easy for someone to get addicted, even after just one use. Even though they are aware of at least some of the risks, the constant "say no to drugs" lecture doesn't hit them very hard. They figure that, if they're going through a rough time, and all of their friends are doing it, not much harm will be done if they participate in experimenting. Obviously, if they never experiment, they can never get addicted. Therefore, in order to prevent teen drug abuse, there needs to be better education about drugs so that they know the dangers before they start. This also means better education even while they are using drugs, so they will be more motivated to stop. As the article stated, "the best way to get a teen to communicate about their drug use is by asking compassionate and understanding questions," not just by telling kids that drugs are bad. Personally, I thought the documentary shown to us in class did a good job of showing the true dangers of drugs, and the things that not many adolescents think about, such as possible issues with speech and mobility, or even death. If more students were shown videos like these, the more awareness could be spread about the likelihood of getting addicted to drugs.

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    1. I agree with you because I believe teens use drugs to be cool and for in with others that also do drugs. Some teens don't fully understand how drugs can effect them in the long run because they are only thinking in the now. I also agree that teens do drugs because they don't understand how easily they can become addicted and can be effected for the rest of their lives.

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  2. I think teens use drugs when they feel like they are missing something in their life, like fun or friends. I also think that teens might also take it because they were abuse or neglected by there family and they take the drug to get away from it all. I do not know anyone that suffers from drug abuse but I do know adult that took it when they were youth and regretted it. I think we can start preventing teen drug abuse by having the government have less drugs coming into the country and have stricter laws about teens using drugs. The schools can also help by being a safe place to come to for the students.

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  3. A lot of these statistics were shocking to me. I had no idea that over 40% of teenagers had reported drinking alcohol in the last month. That's millions of kids. I wonder how many parents know if there kid's are drinking or doing drugs. Do parents have no idea what their kids are doing or are they just powerless to stop it? Because if I was a parent, I think I could tell if my son or daughter was abusing drugs or alcohol. Just by their friends, I might probably know if they tried it. Something that really stood out to me from the article was how parents should approach the topic with their kids. There needs to be trust between parents and their kids, or else there is no way that kids will open up about their drug or alcohol usage. An interesting piece of advice from the article was telling the parents not to freak out, as "Overreacting or lashing out can prevent a teen from opening up about their experience." I think this is very important. Being there for your son or daughter is much more important than any punishment you could inflict.

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  4. I feel most teens use drugs because they see their friends doing it and want to fit in, but they don't realize what harm there doing to there body. What shocked me was that"approximately 20 percent of 12th graders reported binge drinking in 2014." It shows that teens keep drinking over and over which in the long run will affect there heart, liver, and the rest of their life. If they mix it with other drugs the consequences could be deadly. I don't think its something we can prevent because its really up to the teen to make the right decision but we can inform them about all the risks of drug abuse and what it will do to them and their family

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  5. I agree with this article because it shows many information that teens abuse drugs and how drugs influence their lives. Based on what I learned in my health class, I knew that drugs can kill and change the brain cells so that the teens who use drugs may not pay attention in the class. Fortunately, I do not have friends use drugs but some of them like to smoke. I ask the reason why they want to smoke, and they tell me that they have a lot of perssures in school. I think that the best way to reduce depression is to seek for a counselor who can enlighten teens to solve their mental problems. This is more helpful than smoking because smoking just can let you relax a moment, it does not help you completely.

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  6. Teens use drugs to basically "fit in" or simply to escape certain things in their life, because they're still not fully developed teens of course would make rash decisions that would help them cope with the reality of their home lives, drugs influence on their lives basically just rid of their depression or other things, that is why I agree on this articles info.

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  7. Teens use drugs to basically "fit in" or simply to escape certain things in their life, because they're still not fully developed teens of course would make rash decisions that would help them cope with the reality of their home lives, drugs influence on their lives basically just rid of their depression or other things, that is why I agree on this articles info.

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  8. A lot of teenagers use drugs is because, according to the article, it says teenagers use various drugs to fit in with the "cool" crowd.
    There is no one close to me that suffers with drug abuse.
    An amazing way to prevent drug abuse is to do PSA videos. It can people be more aware of teens who suffering with serious drug abuse.

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  9. I agree with the article in that peer pressure and the escape from reality are the main reasons why teenagers take drugs. Also I believe that most teens either don't see the consequences and don't see how it can lead to addiction. I've never heard anyone that I know who has taken drugs talk about addiction or the consequences of what they are taking. This shows teenagers aren't really aware that there's a chance of them getting addicted. I don't think we can ever stop all teenagers from taking drugs, but i think we could put in a better effort to inform teenagers on the consequences of drugs. This will hopefully lead to less drug use among teens.

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  10. I think teens use drugs to fit in with their friends, and as a way of coping during stressful situations. Some people are also unaware of how dangerous drugs are. I don't know anyone close that uses drugs, but I've heard people refer to them at school. Drug abuse is clearly relevant for high school students. This is especially important, because the article stated that, "Teens who abuse drugs may have a greater risk of developing an addiction when they are adults." I think there should be more advertising against the drugs, since anti-tobacco commercials have been pretty successful.

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  11. I honestly don't know why teens use drugs. Obvious answer is they like to get high, and not so obvious answer would be they do it because of personal reasons. I personally don't know anybody addicted to drugs, but I'm sure my peers know drug addicts. Is there anything that be done to stop teens becoming addicts? Good question, but no I don't think so. Teens aren't that intelligent, only a few think before they take a hit of whatever. It's a new fad, marijuana is such a big thing now. If they go beyond that it's all on them. Can't do anything to stop that.

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  12. I think that teens use drugs as an outlet for stress or for the feeling. Teens may get involved with drugs from friends or even growing up in a family who does them. I know quite a few people who suffer from drug abuse and they started because of growing up around it and being involved with the wrong crowd. I don't think we can really stop teens use of drugs because it's really up to them if they want to or don't want to take them.

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  13. Teens use drugs because its a way to make them feel happy when its hard to. Todays generation just keeps getting harder and harder, their is more pressure and sometimes drugs are an outlet to calm you down or feel better. It wasent that suprising seeing that 20% of 12th graders endulged in drinking because honestly i thought the number would be higher.

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  14. In my opinion teens use drugs mainly to escape the stress and pressure that is constantly put on us. Whether it be grades or college there is always something important we have to do and expectations are thrown on us, being so stressed and overworked teens need an escape and thats when drugs come in. I was surprised that the number for teens in 12 grade was on around 20% because due to the stress I thought more teens would rely on alcohol to escape.

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  15. I think a lot of teens, especially privileged teens, use drugs because they are blatantly unhappy. A lot of people I personally know have admitted that they use drugs to escape, because it makes them happier, and because "it's better than reality". I definitely think peer pressure plays a role, but if I feel that if someone were very happy with their life and with themselves they could say no. Like a lot of others I actually thought that the 20% of high schoolers would be higher. Honestly, it probably is. If I asked my kids in my classes how many of them drink, I'm pretty sure over 50% would say yes.

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  16. I believe teens use drugs because they want to feel cool and as if it makes them popular. I also think teens use drugs because they don't know how else to manage the stress that school, relationships, and extracurricular activities bring upon them. I found it surprising that only 20% of seniors binge to drinking because I thought that number would be much higher.

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  17. I think teens use drug because of other people's influence. A lot of teens are asked to use drug, and they don't want to be denied by other people so they would choose to use drugs. Also, parental influence can also make teens use drugs because if teens see their parents use drugs often, they would think that using drugs is not a big deal, so they would use it too. I think teens should not use drugs because it really affect them horribly in many ways.

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  18. I agree with this article as well. I do not finding it shocking that 40% of teens has drinked alcohol within the last month. I always hear other teens taking about their experiences when they were smoking or drinking and a lot of teens always post on social media of themselves actually doing the drug. I think that teens use drugs because of peer pressure and curiousity, but once they experiance it, they continue taking the drug because they like the affects it has on themselves. This leads to addiction and majority of teens may not think that they are actually addicted to it but in reality they are, so they make excuses to allow them to continue taking the drug. I have a few friends who suffers from drug abuse, but when you ask them about it, they will deny it and say "it's only for fun". I think that they only started using drugs because they were pure pressured into taking them and now they are addicted to it. I believe that we should take steps to teaching children while they are still young about the affects drugs can have on them and that every school year they should all be reminded of the harmful effects it can have on themselves.

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  19. I think teens use drugs because like the reasons this article gave were; peer pressure, stress, experiment, or used it as a get away from reality. I do know a couple people who are addicted to drugs, and abuse them daily. One of the person I know is pretty close to me, and abuses marijuana. This person said they started abusing marijuana at the age of 13, the article states that "regular marijuana users most often started during their adolescence." I agree with that because most of the people who were or are abusing marijuana, started around middle school. Some ways that this can be prevented is to start teaching students about drug abuse and what they can cause at middle schools, since most users start around that time.

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  20. I believe teens use drugs because of stress, peer pressure, and boredom. I like many other people have many friends that suffer from drug addiction/abuse. I believe the people have started to use drugs when the start to not be able to deal with their life or things happening in their lives. I think we can stop teenage drug abuse by making green cards harder to come by, make drugs harder to find, and make stricter rules in schools and in the community about the use of marijuana.

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  21. When it comes to drugs many people become confused with the topic if they try to go in depth about it. But in this article it brings many things to light like for one why do teens do drugs in the first place? Simple answer is usually and always, because they were pressured into doing it once, like it and never stopped after that. At some point during the use of drugs the user will realize what it's doing to them but the desire is so strong that they dust it off like nothing and keep abusing the substance. Another problem from my own research is that obtaining these drugs has become as easy as going the DMV for your id because actually that's all you need to be able to supply ones addiction.

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