Essay The Problem Of Drug Abuse

1280 Words Aug 16th, 2016 6 Pages
A number of studies have been done in the United States to find out how big the problem of drug abuse is in American school systems, and the results are not pretty. In fact, it shows that teen substance abuse is the country’s number #1 health problem, according to a study done by CASA at Columbia University.

For instance, that study revealed that 9 out 10 Americans that are addicted, as per the medical definition of addiction, meaning they are dependent on drugs or alcohol, started drinking, smoking or using drugs in their teen years. Further, the study points out that early exposure to addictive substances makes people more likely to become addicted; in comparison, only one out of 25 Americans that started using drugs or alcohol at the age of 21 or older are addicted.

Even more alarming is that the CASA report says that 75% of high school students have used addictive substances; these include alcohol, tobacco, cocaine or marijuana, and that one in five meets the medical definition for addiction. Currently, 46%, or 6.1 million students currently use addictive substances, with one of three being addicted.

“Teen substance use is our nation 's number one public health problem. Smoking, drinking and using other drugs while the brain is still developing dramatically hikes the risk of addiction and other devastating consequences,” said Jim Ramstad, Former Member of Congress (MN-3) and a CASA board member who also chaired the report’s National Advisory Commission.…

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