Substance Abuse And Its Effect On Education

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Substance Abuse and its Effect on Education
Drug abuse is a serious public health problem that affects almost every community and family in some way. Each year drug abuse causes millions of serious illnesses or injuries among Americans. A study done in John Hopkins University School of Medicine, found that individuals who are unemployed have higher rates of substance abuse than those who are regularly employed. Five hundred and fifty nine participants, who were unemployed, at least eighteen years old or older, were studied and met the criteria for opiate, cocaine, or alcohol abuse. The researchers found a large percentage of participants were at or below the seventh grade level in academic achievement in reading, spelling, and math. This supports the position that drug abuse does effect ones education. Most importantly drug abuse starts at an early age. In fact research shows that the earlier the age of or set of drug abuse, the greater likelihood of later abuse and or dependence. The most illicit drug use starts in the teenage years. Alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and Adderall are all popular drugs that are abused by teenagers. Each drug not only causes serious health issues, but affects ones academic performance negatively, and in order to prevent abuse one must understand the signs of upcoming drug abuse and learn how to prevent it from forming.
In order to understand how alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and Adderall affect academic work, one must understand the…
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