today's society Canadian teenagers are exposed to different pathway involving drugs. The most common drug used among Canadian teenagers is alcohol followed by cannabis.(Leslie, Karen 2008) Canadian teenagers are influenced by drugs and alcohol on a daily based at school and through the media.
In Canada the legal drinking age is nineteen in most provinces with the exception of Quebec where it is eighteen years old. Teenagers who have family members with drug and alcohol problem or if they suffer from depression, anxiety or other various forms of mental health disorders are at a higher risk of developing and addiction or experimenting with drugs and alcohol.( Leslie, Karen 2008) . According to Leslie and Karen one in every five students
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Non-fatal injuries are not as harmful and ranges between 13-37% (Leslie, Karen 2008). Following alcohol the second most used drug among Canadian teenagers are cannabis. In grades seven to nine the average age reported they have experimented with cannabis is thirteen years and one out of three claimed they did not experiment with any type of drug including alcohol and tobacco (Leslie, Karen 2008). There are different signs relieving when a student is involved with drugs and can be very obviously if you know what to look for. Physical signs would be losing or gaining weight, changes in their appetite, and emotional signs such as being depression or being happy all the time, tiredness, mood swings and memory lost. (Leslie, Karen 2008)Other signs that can be more discreet from the family would be skipping in class or sleeping in class, grades decreasing, getting involved in crime such as stealing or selling value items and receiving money for more drugs (Leslie, Karen 2008). Schools attempt to keep the school property a smoke free zone, authorizing students to be at least two blocks away from school property. Stating this rule it still leaves students the opportunity to illegal smoke marijuana also. Marijuana is an ascendancy on Canadian high school students and can effect their performance in school and as well as their grades (Journal of Youth Studies, Vol 11(1), Feb, 2008. pp. 47-64) The majority of students feel the need to keep it discreet and to