Teen Drug Abuse in America
Imagine you are at a social event and someone offers you drugs, maybe you ponder the thought and possibly feel a little tempted, however being a somewhat responsible adult and secure with the person you have become you refuse the said drug. Now imagine an insecure, troubled teen that's at that same social event that gets offered drugs. Since this teen is not secure with the person they are and peer pressure is a factor, the temptation to accept the offer in order to fit in is overwhelming. There are several triggers that can lead a teen to abuse drugs, some of which may include peer pressure, emotional distress, low self-esteem, anxiety, depression, and environmental stresses. A recent poll conducted by the Partnership for a Drug Free America found that adolescents listed drugs as the most important problem facing people their age, followed by crime, violence in school and social pressures (Sallin, 2006; Partnership for a Drug Free America). Almost 2/3 of all young Americans try illicit drugs before they even finish high school and one out of 16 seniors smoke marijuana daily. The average age in the United States of initial alcohol abuse is 12 in fact 93% of all teenagers have some experience of alcohol by the end of their senior year in high school. The average age of experimentation of drugs is 13 (National Institute on Drug Abuse, 2002). It's no wonder one of America's most challenging issues related to teens is drug abuse. Adults have pressures like teens do; however, adults have a better emotional awareness and a higher rate of self-control. Most of an adult's relationships with peers have already been established; therefore the pressure to be accepted is non-existent. Adult's have a higher sense of responsibility and have developed good personal and social skills and have a higher education of the potential consequences of drug use. According to one study that was conducted that used comparisons of drug abuse by age and...
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