Essay on Drug Abuse : A Serious Problem

795 Words Sep 14th, 2015 4 Pages
Introduction
Drug abuse is a serious problem in the U.S, especially among teenagers. According to National Drug Intelligence Center (2003) 7.5 million American teens of the ages of 12 to 17 used drugs at least once during their lifetime. Teens start to experiment with drugs from a young age and do not think about drugs’ negative consequences. Butler (2010) claims that drug addiction will lead to problems at university or school and loss of alertness, which can cause to injury. As a result, teenagers who use drugs have a higher risk for suicide. Nowadays, they abuse both legal and illegal drugs. Also drug accessibility is one of the causes of “adolescent abuse”. The majority of teenagers at the age of 12-17 get it easily from friends or relatives. (Office of National Drug Control Policy 2007). There are other possible factors, such as pressure from friends, low self-appraisal, stress, relationships with parents. This essay will look at drug abusing problem among teenagers in the United States and analyze in detail possible reasons and solutions for drug addiction.
Factors That Influence Teenagers to Drug Abuse
The first reason is, home and family are major factor. NIDA (2010) states, that parent’s behavior are usually very important. Relatives who use drugs can cause a negative effect on decisions and lifestyle of the child and can raise teenager’s risk of addiction to Class I drugs. Teens believe, that there are nothing wrong, because parents or older family members do…

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