Substance Abuse Among Teenagers : A Survey

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Substance Abuse Among Teenagers
Hannah is a fifteen year old girl who was recently sent to a rehabilitation center for the result of abuse of prescription medication. 6.1 million high school students currently use addictive substances, and like Hannah, 1 in 3 of them are addicted (“National Study Reveals,”2011). Although the number of teens using these drugs are decreasing, the numbers are still dangerously high. Due to it’s high risk of addiction, dangerous consequences, and growing availability, substance abuse among teenagers is a serious trend being presented among all United States adolescence.
A survey entitled “Monitoring the Future” was conducted among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders throughout the United States in 2014 (“Monitoring The Future 2014,”2014). Compared to 2009, the results showed a decrease in alcohol use, showing 9% of eighth graders, 23.5% of sophomores, and 37.4% of seniors have drank alcohol in the past month. Whereas there has been a decrease in binge drinking also, for since 1998, where 31.5% of seniors consumed five or more drinks in a row in the past two weeks, the 2014 results showed a decrease to 19.4% (“Monitoring The Future 2014,”2014). Along with these positive declines in results, cigarette smoking is at it’s lowest rate in the survey 's history. Unfortunately, while these results all show a positive decline and an optimistic future for the teenagers of America, not all results turned out this way. Other forms of tobacco use are gaining

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