Teenage Drug Use

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Michelle Jones-Lewis, Sandpaper Staff Writer

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There are so many teens that do drugs nowadays. They think they should try new things all the time and unfortunately, drugs are in that category. According to the website Get Smart About Drugs, “The teen years are often a time to explore and learn more about themselves as they approach adulthood. Often, this involves experimenting and testing their boundaries. The desire to do something new or risky is a normal part of teen development.” This desire of trying new things occurs mostly from either peer pressure or the idea of wanting to belong somewhere.

Sometimes teens turn to drugs as a result of a difficult situation in their personal life which then switches their mindset to where they don’t have to think about their hardships. They try the drug, convinced they will not continue doing it although, it becomes a habit and before they know it, they become a drug addict.

Drugs lead teens to feel the need not go to school and then they drop out because they feel like school is a waste of their time. Those who do stay in school find it difficult to focus, and sometimes their brain is unable to function right.

Marijuana is the most common drug used among teens in 2018. Sadly what teens don’t understand is that smoking marijuana can lead to the consumption of other hardcore drugs, especially if that person can be persuaded very easily. Hardcore drugs include Ecstasy, LSD, Cocaine, Heroin, Meth, Uppers, Downers, Oxycodone, Oxycontin, etc.
Instead of turning to a person, teens turn to drugs which ultimately results in negative outcomes.

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