Effects Of Substance Abuse In Adolescence

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Substances abuse continues to have a negative effect on the adolescence all around the world. This investigation report will discuss the health inequities contributing to this specific population with provided comprehensive background information. The report will then go into detailed about the social health issue in regards to Ottawa character action areas, social justice principles and analysis of data. There will also be an evaluation of a current strategy development and purposed recommendations to enable change to the barriers. As a result significantly lowering the youths damaging engagement with alcohol and drugs.
BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Adolesces typically refers to 13 to 18 year olds that undergo immense physiological and physical
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Additionally, during adolescence risk taking behaviours tend to be heightened. The parts of the teenage brain that handle planning and impulse control don’t completely mature until about age 25. This means teenagers are more likely than adults to make quick decisions without thinking through the consequences. Substance abuse can have a serious short term effect, both mentally and physically on the youth’s human body. The diagram below explains the short term effects on a human and where they occur on the …show more content…
If the teen subsequently uses drugs and consumes alcohol on a regular basis, their brain and body continues to rely on these substances. (Health risk of substance abuse, 2015) Then after the person has stopped consuming them suddenly after a long period of time, the individual will start to experience severe side effects, also known as withdrawal. Withdrawal can lead to a number of health risks, including:
- Seizures
- High blood pressure
- Fever
- Nausea and vomiting
- Tremors
- Sweats
- Muscle spasms
Deprived decisions of youth, while under the influence of alcohol and / or drugs may lead to accidental death. It has been scientifically proven that harm to users themselves or members of the public are caused by the top two drugs in the world Alcohol and Heroin. (Shown in the table

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