Ryan Y. Johnson
April 18, 2010
The teenage years are often filled with doubt, vagueness, uncertainty and confusion due to much life
Changing obstacles. More and more teens are turning to drugs to deal with their troubles and numb their
pain. Teenage drug abuse is on a rising high. The drug choice by teens is pain relievers, prescription
drugs, tranquilizers, and stimulants. Often teens also use sedative drugs to get high. Teenagers
turn away from the streets to use drugs as a comfort zone. Teen users are using marijuana and prescription
drugs as their first drug choice.
There is one main ingredient in marijuana that flows directly to the brain called THC
(tetrahydrocannabinal). Teenagers that are frequent marijuana users are do
not realize that they may have an urge for more of the drug to get the same high. Marijuana is a
Psychotropic drug that can get you addicted very quickly. Smoking marijuana is very deferential
to the lungs of the user. Teenagers have an opinion that marijuana cannot have anyone addicted.
Teen may have the side effect of irritation of other individuals, unclear emotional responses, and
paranoia. Some studies show that marijuana addicts feel more understood by the world. But
there are certain side effect that cause the user vision to become more impaired objects seem to
be more brighter and hearing sound that may not be there. The illegal use of drug in teenagers
is increasing tremendously. In 2000 it was believed by high school student that marijuana should
be legalized and 23% believes that it should be treated as a minor violation instead of a crime. It
is really amazing how teenagers lack the concern about the dangers and risk that is involved with
the use of illegal and prescribed drugs. The legalization of marijuana and other drugs are
definitely not the answer. Medical cost in drug abuse was estimated by the National Center for
Health Statistics to be nearly $60 billion, and the medical bill for alcohol was nearly $100 billion
(Statistics on Drug use Among Teenagers).
The Effect in Academic studies
Research show s that last year alone 1.3 million teenagers between the ages of 13 to 17 used the
drug marijuana for the first time. That is almost the same amount of students who are suppose to
take the SAT’s. (National Youth Anti-Drug). Using marijuana during the peaks years of high
school will have a significant impact in the performance in academic studies. Marijuana
can make the ability to learn a lot more difficult. Excessively smoking marijuana in youths
Impairs their ability to concentrate and retain important information. If there is a teenager in high
School that has a “D” average is five more times likely to have used marijuana than a teen with
An “A” average. Teenage drug abuse is one of the main reasons for teen to drop out of school.
The younger the user is the more at risk of psychological deficits and verbal abilities they may
be. One sure think that is a fact is that teen users feel that illegal drugs should be
legalized. Majority of high school students disapproved of legalizing the private use of LSD
(63%), heroin (71%), amphetamines and barbiturates (56%), and marijuana (39%). Studies show
those students that are in favor of the probative laws on the use of drugs feel tremdously in 1990
to 1997 (56% to 39%). In 2000 it was believed by high school student that marijuana should be
legalized and 23% believes that it should be treated as a minor violation instead of a crime.
It is really amazing how teenagers lack the concern about the dangers and risk that is
involved with the use of illegal and prescribed drugs. The legalization of marijuana and other
drugs are definitely not the answer. Medical cost in drug abuse was estimated by the National
Center for Health Statistics to be...