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…show more content…
During special events like prom, graduation, house parties and the regular weekend gatherings teens can be found celebrating, raising red solo cups, and enjoying being young. However, at the end of the night it’s not the teens that find themselves in trouble with the law, it’s the parents. These events are socially referred to as “drinking parties” when parents knowingly or unknowingly have people under the drinking age in their home participating in underage drinking (Lawyers). Some parents feel that it’s safer for their teens and their friends to drink in the privacy of their home. Other parents have no idea that underage drinking is going on in their home. Regardless of the situation there are consequences for all involved (Lawyers). When parents decide to host an event where there is a possibility underage drinking can take place, parents should be aware of “social host liability”. When hosting a social event were drinking is taking place parents become liable for any injury or injuries that are caused due to the alcohol that the parent served or supplied (lawyers). Liability does not stop at injuries but includes medical bills, property damage, and pain and suffering. In more serious cases parents can also face jail time or be fined by the court (Lawyers). However, the children are the ones who unfortunately suffer the most consequences when it comes to underage drinking. According to Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, about 45
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