Preventing Drug Use Among Young Teens

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Drug usage in the United States and the world can be considered as one big problem. This following document includes many sources that include information about helping prevent drug use among society. Using drugs can cause many problems to one such as mental, social, and law problems as well. Most drug use starts at a fairly young age, and is also influenced by friends or even family. Although there are many ways out there to help people stay off drugs or even get off of them, not all of them seem to work. Rehabs, drug prevention programs, Public service announcements, and ad campaigns are many things out in our society that are there to help prevent drug use. So what is the best way help prevent drug usage/abuse? How will we make the best way known to people? With the research the author has done, there are many ways that adults/parents can do to help reduce teen drug use. Some of those can be by relying more on prevention programs that have been proven to work. Much of his research also shows many of studies that were done by universities that showed that much of drug use was caused by families and friends. He believes that preventing teen drug use will need to become a priority for our society because drug usage has been proven to begin at a young age and continues to begin even earlier as the years go by, and also drugs have been proven to cause many health issues. Many of his sources describe many ways that drug prevention can be successful. Overall, drug use can be prevented by families becoming more open with their children, creating better active prevention programs, and including the media more into drug prevention.

Preventing Drug Use among Young Teens
Teen drug use can be considered a big problem in our world today. Whether its marijuana, alcohol, or even cigarettes, teens and young children are beginning to experiment with drugs at a very young age. As a society we have not done enough to educate our young children about drugs and how unhealthy and dangerous they are for a person. Journal Compilation reports, “Evidence from research links cigarette smoking to causing chronic conditions, such as bronchitis, lung and laryngeal cancers, coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, cerebrovascular Disease, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease”. With all of these new diseases caused from drugs, it is important for us as a society to try our hardest and prevent drug use. Some people believe that trying to prevent drug use is a waste of time or not important because they believe prevention programs do not work, it’s just too hard to try and keep them away from drugs, and that all kids will eventually end up trying drugs. However, drug prevention is important because programs have been proven to work, drug usage is beginning at a young age, and it is proven to cause many health issues.

Many people argue that prevention programs are not worth trying because they think that they do not work in helping prevent drug use. Although in doing research, there have been many studies to find that prevention programs are extremely helpful when trying to prevent drug use. In the journal “Preventing tobacco and drug use among Thai high school students through life skills training” (2006) the author talks about a study that he did on children ages 13-14 and how well the program worked in helping prevent drug use/abuse. The author stated that life skills training programs were a “proven effective in countering drug abuse” (p. 164). He also backed up his statements with his research, he stated, “Furthermore, the results revealed that the mean scores for the life skills, such as refusal, decision-making and problem-solving of the students in the intervention group were significantly higher at post-test than those of the control group.” (Seal, 2006). This is clearly a good study that he conducted; he supports all of his statements with good credible evidence that was found in his studies. Dr. Seal’s study was a...
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