5 Most Commonly Abused Drugs by Teens

15. January 2016

Teenager experiment with drugs, this is pretty much a fact. The substances that they are using are becoming more dangerous and the amount of teenagers overdosing on drugs is far too high. Teenagers will experiment with drugs, it’s almost inevitable but some drugs are far more dangerous than others. It is very important to talk to you kids about the dangers of drug use, your words can prevent them from becoming a statistic. Keep a close on your teens behavior, there are some easy distress signs to keep an eye out for. Knowing the signs can make a big difference between experimentation and addiction. This list is comprised of the 5 most commonly abused mood and mind altering substances by teens.

Alcohol

alcoholic women passed out drunk at a table

Alcohol is the most commonly used substance amongst teenagers. HHS.gov states “Within the past month, almost four out of 10 high school seniors report drinking some alcohol and more than one in five have engaged in “binge drinking” daily in the past two weeks.Drinking endangers adolescents in multiple ways including motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death for this age group. Nearly one in four adolescents has ridden in a car with a driver who had been drinking. Genetic factors and life stressors influence adolescents’ alcohol abuse, but parents and guardians can help by monitoring adolescents’ activities and keeping channels of communication open.” If your teen is drinking alcohol don’t panic, it’s normal for people their age but keep an eye out and make sure they are not getting out of control. Drinking and driving is extremely dangerous.

Marijuana

medical marijuana

We actually saw a decrease in pot use amongst teens in 2014 and 2015, but it still remains one of the most commonly abused drugs by teens. A study was done and showed 5.6 percent of eighth graders report using marijuana in their lifetimes, as well as 33.7 percent of 10th graders, and 44.4 percent of 12th graders. In the past month, 6.5 percent of eighth graders, 16.6 percent of 10th graders and 21.2 percent of 12th graders admitted to marijuana use. There have never been any fatalities associated with an overdose from marijuana but the substance is still illegal in most states.

Prescription Pills

bottle of benzos

 

These pills have taken America’s youth hostage. Pills like Oxycontin, Oxycodone, Percocet and Xanax are the most commonly abused. These pills are highly addictive both physically and mentally. Many teens who experiment with prescription pills become addicted and will abuse them on a daily basis. Some of these teenagers will turn to stronger drugs like heroin. If your teenager is using pills or if you think they are seek out help now. Too many people die a year due to overdoses caused by these pills.

Molly

Ecstasy tablets

Its chemical name is methylenedioxymethamphetamine, but it is more commonly referred to as MDMA — the active ingredient in Ecstasy, the party drug. It was first synthesized in 1912 by German chemist Anton Köllisch, but usage of the stimulant didn’t really begin taking off until the 1970s, when pharmacologist Alexander Shulgin resynthesized the chemical to share with his friends, particularly psychotherapist Leo Zeff.” You can overdose from molly and it does have addictive traits, molly is illegal and it is growing in popularity among teenagers. Many teenagers admit to trying the drug especially when attending parties and concerts. Molly is usually sold in small capsules or sold individually in small plastic bags. It can be white/yellow in color and is usually powder and crystal  based.

Hallucinogens

Hallucinogen drugs

This includes drugs like LSD (Acid) and mushrooms. Psilocybin mushrooms, also known as psychedelic mushrooms, are mushrooms that contain the psychedelic drugs psilocybin and psilocin. LSD is not considered an addictive drug due to abuse rates being low. Most users tend to stop using the drug on their own without the help of outside influences. This does not mean the drug is harmless, it has a huge impact on the chemical makeup of the brain.

Is Your Teen Currently Struggling with Addiction?

Most teenagers will deny using and abusing drugs, so sometimes an intervention is a necessary part of their recovery process. Contact Intervention Services now at 1-877-478-4621 to start the process of getting help for you, your family and your loved one. You don’t need to wait for things to get worse. An intervention can stop the pain and chaos and help bring peace of mind to you and your family.