Teenage Drug Addiction – a Growing Problem

There is a severe problem in United States these days, with drugs and alcohol. This especially affects our teenagers in a much more adverse way as adults. One reason for this is because, while adults have their brains mostly already developed, a teenager’s brain is in the process of developing. Such a developmental process in the brain occurs all during the teenage years and even until the age of 25. For that reason, using drugs as a teenager can cause more problems later on in life, then if a person, for instance, starts using drugs much later like in their 30s and 40s. The most commonly used drugs in adolescents are alcohol and marijuana. That is in addition to tobacco. Teenagers who start using tobacco, usually end up continuing to smoke through their adult years. Also, those who end up dying from tobacco-related diseases, for the most part, started smoking or using tobacco when they were teenagers.

One big problem nowadays, is the use of Opiate Painkiller medication. This is because, an overdose of Opiate drugs can be lethal. Teenagers (and adults, for that matter), do not really know of the potential risk of some of these drugs and especially the increased risks when mixing drugs with other drugs. Very severe and dire consequences may ensue. There are even cases of parties, where teenagers put their drugs in a in a hat and draw out various drugs at random, to decide what they will take that evening. Of course, that’s extremely dangerous and foolish, as the partying teens do not know what they’re really taking and certain drugs can cause death, even with one single pill. For example, taking the Opiate painkiller medication OxyContin, at a high dose of 80 mgs, 120 mgs and 160 mgs, can result in death, even if a person just consumes just one single pill. Teenagers may experiment and use amphetamines or stimulants to help them with studying. Over time these drugs can cause depression and anxiety and can result in severe consequences as well as brain damage.

If you or someone you know has a teenager with an alcohol or drug problem, call today for help. The number is- 601.261.9101 for The Drug and Alcohol Detox Clinic of South Mississippi or on the web at www.TheDrugandAlcoholDetoxClinic.com. You can also follow them on Twitter for latest news and update! There’s Still Hope!

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