Why do you think teenagers become addicted to vaping, smoking, drinking, or drugs?
Substance abuse is the use of drugs or alcohol in ways that are dangerous and harmful to oneself and others. It is a major health concern that can lead to major physical and mental health problems, like addiction. Teens need to be aware of the risks of substance abuse and the help available to them.
Substance Abuse Among Teens
Substance Abuse: The use of drugs or alcohol in a way that is dangerous or unhealthy. Addiction: A chronic brain disease characterized by compulsive engagement in rewarding stimuli despite adverse consequences. Prevention: Strategies and activities that aim to reduce the risks of substance abuse and addiction in teens.
The age group with the highest rate of substance abuse is 18-25 year olds, followed by the 12-17 age group. Nearly half of all college aged students use some sort of illicit drug. The primary psychoactive chemical in marijuana is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which causes the high that marijuana is associated with. Substance abuse is a major contributing factor in more than half of fatal car accidents in the United States.
Did you know?
By 8th grade 15% of teens have used marijuana, 16% have smoked cigarettes or vaped, and 30% have tried alcohol. About 97,000 teens are victims of alcohol related date rape There are about 250,000 emergency room visits per year by teens due to substance abuse. About 1,825 teens between 18-24 die due to substance abuse Alcohol is the most widely abused substance by teenagers.
Did you know?
What are three signs that may indicate a teen is abusing substances?
What are some ways to help a friend who may be struggling with substance abuse?
Which of the following is not a common drug that is abused by teens?
- Prescription drugs
Do you know a teenager who has had to seek medical treatment due to substance abuse?
What can parents do to prevent teen substance abuse?
- Talk openly about substance use and their consequences
- Monitor their children's activities and whereabouts
- Provide easy access to alcohol or prescription drugs at home