Teenagers and Drugs
What is a Drug?
A drug is any substance (with the exception of food and water) which, when taken into the body, alters the body’s function either physically and/or psychologically. Drugs may be legal or illegal and this are described as marijuana, hashish, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, and prescription drugs that are not used for medical purposes. Nowadays drugs are everywhere and it’s becoming more and more used. Drugs are common in teens and they take drugs with various reasons: To have fun, to relax, to socialize, and to take risks, to relieve boredom and stress. Friends, parents, older brothers and sisters and the media can also have some influence over a young person's decision to use drugs. The experience that a person has when using drugs will be affected by the: Individual: Mood, physical size, gender, personality, expectations of the drug experience, whether the person has food in his/her stomach and whether other drugs have been taken. Drug: The amount used, how it is used and the strength and purity of the drug. Environment: Whether the person is using it with friends, on their own, in a social setting or at home, at work, before or while driving. Parents know their children best and are therefore in the best position to suggest healthy alternatives to doing drugs. Encouraging children to become involved in sports, clubs, music lessons, community service projects, church, and other after-school activities can keep children and teens active and interested, while building their confidence and interpersonal skills. These activities will also bring youth closer to parents and to other adults and peers who can influence them in positive ways.
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