Teen Drug Abuse in America
In today’s society drugs are taking away our children’s lives and it is making headlines every day. “In Vancouver, Washington, a 13-year old boy was found dead after allegedly swallowing twenty-four cold-medicine pills to get high” (Taylor 45). “Nine Florida middle-school students were taken to the hospital after their strange behavior and illness at school led school officials to discover that they had overdosed on an over-the-counter cold medication” (Taylor 45). “A children’s hospital in Wisconsin treated two teenage girls for liver failure after they consumed close to 20 tablets containing a common cold remedy.” (Taylor 45). There are many more cases like this happening every day. Why is drug abuse
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“Research studies have founded that adolescents who do not find a parent at the home after school are more likely to smoke tobacco regularly, drink and get drunk regularly, and use marijuana regularly than teens that are better supervised” (Teen Drug Abuse 28). These teens that are less likely to be supervised are using drugs more. “Unsupervised adolescents report a greater interest in trying illegal drugs that do teenagers who have a parent home to greet them when they return from school” (Teen Drug Abuse 28). Not having rules in the household affects the child and not communicating with them about their dreams, conflicts at school. “Levels of communication and trust also are low in the families we treat.” “Parents tend to be uncomfortable expressing their values and concerns to their children, and concerns to their parents about their problems and dream” (Teen Abuse 29). A way to prevent abuse of drugs, is simply talking with your child. “Just by talking to your kids you can decrease drug use probably by about a third,” said Thomas Gleaton, Jr., president and co-founder of PRIDE” (TEEN DRUG ABUSE: BRINGING THE MESSAGE HOME 92).
Finally, one of the important reasons why teens use drugs is to cope with their pain about everyday life and have fun with just because it feels good to use it. “Teens are using drugs and alcohol not to rebel or get high but as a way to "escape for a short period of time” (USA TODAY Section: