Factors Of Teenage Drug Abuse

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Factors Of Teenage Drug Abuse


Teenage drug abuse has been the controversial issue that influences our societies, results in health hazard, academics, peers, family as well as an increase in juvenile delinquency. According to the latest statistics conducted by Health & Social Care Information Centre (2013), 17 % of pupils in the UK have tried illicit drugs in 2012, indicates the constant decrease in the prevalence since 2001, but it could be the tip of an iceberg and more school-children must agonise over the drug misuses due to the lack of willpower. It is generally said that quitting drugs is difficult even if they have a strong will as the addiction is chronic. The best protection is therefore to not start in the first place. This essay will describe the context of drugs, cultural and social factors respectively.

Context & Background Both Oetting & Beauvais (1990) and Miller (2000) cite Kandel (1978) who states that, most young drug users begin to take drugs before becoming adult, in particular older adolescents. (McMurray, 2004; Ping Wu et al., 2003) To put it another way, it is unlikely they will try a new drug after the age of 21. Oetting & Beauvais (1990) maintain that even if severe drug problems are found later in their life, there could be the roots from their childhood. In addition to this, McCRYSTAL et al., (2003) report that young adults who use drugs regularly have set patterns when they are in their teens. It is slightly more prevalent in…
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