Teenagers, Drugs, And The American Academy Of Child And Adolescent Psychiatry

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Teenagers abuse a variety of drugs, both legal and illegal. The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry names the following as the legal drugs that teens experiment with: alcohol, prescription medications, inhalants (fumes from glues, aerosols, and solvents) and over-the-counter cough, cold, sleep, and diet medications. The most commonly used illegal drugs according to the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry are: marijuana (pot), stimulants (cocaine, crack, and speed), LSD, PCP, opiates, heroin, and designer drugs such as Ecstasy. These drugs are all dangerous and have serious consequences associated with them. Some of the negative consequences associated with teen drug use are: a higher risk for serious drug use later in life, poor grades in school, and lack of good judgment. When teens lack good judgment they put themselves at risk for accidents, violence, unplanned and unsafe sex. Teens experiment with alcohol and drugs for many reasons. Many teens take drugs trying to change something about their life, or to solve a problem. According to the e-school website most young people take drugs for the following reasons: they want to fit in with a group or gang, to relax, to feel grown up, as a relief to boredom, to rebel, because of peer pressure and some just out of curiosity. Parents need to be aware of their teen’s behaviors and habits and should never completely exclude the possibility that their teen could be experimenting with…

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