In 2013, more high school seniors regularly used marijuana than cigarettes as 22.7 percent smoked pot in the last month, compared to 16.3 percent who smoked cigarettes. Sixty percent of seniors don 't see regular marijuana use as harmful, but THC (the active ingredient in the drug that causes addiction) is nearly five times stronger than it was 20 years ago. One-third of teenagers who live in States with medical marijuana laws get their pot from other people 's prescriptions. The United States represents 5 percent of the world 's population and 75 percent of prescription drugs taken. Sixty percent of teens who abuse prescription drugs get them free from friends and relatives. The purpose of this study is to explore drug use in adolescent…show more content… How does drug use affect teens? Drug abuse causes serious health effects at all ages. This is particularly true for teens abusing drugs as they are truly at risk of negative consequences. Young people who abuse drugs are prone to struggle with addiction later in life and are more likely to have permanent irreversible brain damage. Drugs among teens result in serious mental disorders or permanent irreversible damage to the brain and/or nervous system. Brain damage among teens includes brain shrinkage, impaired reasoning, perceptions, intuition, and decreased socialization, and changes in sexual desire. Teens using drugs are more prone to be involved in car-related injuries or death. Four to 14 percent of drivers who are injured in traffic accidents tested positive for THC—the key drug in marijuana.
In an article written published in Clinic EEG Neuroscience in January 2009, The Influences of Substance Use on Adolescent Brain Development, much of the neurodevelopment occurs during adolescents. It is a unique and critical period of time in development. When adolescents use alcohol and marijuana research has shown abnormalities in the brain function levels. Studies were done suing neuropsychological assessment and structural and functional imaging to show the relationship between