Current Trends in Teenage Drug Addiction

14. March 2016


Most teenagers will experiment with drugs, it’s almost inevitable. Experimentation at that age is normal, over 50% of new drug users in the United States are under the age of 18. Many teenagers are going to experiment with alcohol and marijuana, others will experiment with more dangerous drugs including cocaine, prescription pills and heroin. 60% of teens who experiment and use drugs will get them from a friend or relative. Prescription pills have become an epidemic in this country, especially amongst teens. 2,500 people aged 12-17 will try a prescription medication for the first time everyday in America. This includes pills like Adderall, Oxycontin, Percocet and Hydrocodone. Teenagers who are consistently reminded about the dangers of drug abuse and addiction are 50% less likely to use drugs.

Experimenting and addiction are two very different things. Of course any use of drugs dangerous and suggested against, but teenagers will drink alcohol and take drugs. Knowing the signs of addiction and understand the current trends in teenage drugs addiction can help make a huge difference in the impact that those drugs will have on that person’s life.

Most Popular Substances

The most commonly abused substances among teenagers are marijuana and alcohol. Almost 10% of high schoolers report smoking marijuana daily, over 50% reported using marijuana at least once over the past month. Less teenagers are drinking daily, with less than 1% reporting that they have an alcoholic drink on a daily basis. Over 65% of teenagers report consuming an alcoholic beverage over the past 30 days.

When teenagers drink and get behind the wheel things go from fun experimentation  to dangerous very fast. Teen alcohol use kills 4,700 people each year, that number has been steadily rising as our population grows. Even more dangerous than alcohol are prescription pills. Prescription pills have become more and more popular among teenagers over the past decade. Over 5% of people aged 12-25 reported using a prescription pill over the past 30 days. That’s over 5 million teenagers who are experimenting with prescription pills.

These pills are far more addictive than alcohol and marijuana. If a teenager is to use prescription painkiller for one week straight they will become physically dependent and addicted to these pills. If too many of these pills are taken it can lead to overdose and death. Many teenagers who start experimenting and become addicted will eventually turn to street drugs like heroin.

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Party Drugs

Once again alcohol and marijuana top this list. When used in excess or if the user gets behind the wheel of an automobile these substances become much more dangerous. Marijuana on its own isn’t very dangerous, alcohol on the other hand can be. With the risk of alcohol poisoning and liquor’s ability to greatly damage one’s decision making skills it can lead to some bad choices and even death. One party drug has made quite the impact on the teenage party scene, it’s commonly referred to as Molly.

Molly got its chemical name is methylenedioxymethamphetamine, but it is more commonly referred to as MDMA — the active ingredient in the party drug Ecstasy. It was first synthesized in 1912 by German chemist Anton Köllisch. Molly started to boom in popularity over the past 10 years at music festivals and clubs throughout the US. From there it made its way into the hands of teenagers looking to try something new. Over 5% of teenagers report using molly over the past 30 days. It is fairly cheap, around $10-25 a dose, it can cause heart failure and brain failure amongst other things. Losing popularity in high schools are hallucinogens. like mushrooms, peyote and acid less than 2% of high schoolers report using a hallucinogen over the past 30 days.

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