Youth Drug Use And Addiction

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Youth Drug Use and Addiction Youth in the United States face challenges every day, some more than others. These challenges can be difficult to navigate and can leave these young people finding alternative ways to cope with the stress that accompanies these challenges. According to CBS News reports a recent survey indicates approximately two million teens between the ages of 12 and 17 currently need treatment for a substance abuse problem, but only about 150,000 get the help they need. This high number is largely due to the fact that it is easy for teens to access many kinds of drugs but trying anything just once can lead to drug addiction. Teens are often more experimental than adults and willing to try anything their friends are doing,…show more content…
Another category where America took the lead was in drug overdose deaths per year. America sees 139.1 fatal overdoses every year per one million (NY Daily News, 2015). The United States Department of Health and Human Services (USDHHS) has the Office of Adolescent Health (OAH) that identifies strategies to improve adolescents’ health and well-being and continue work with professionals and communities serving young people. Their website has information that provides locating assistance or resources in the areas specifically for adolescents in topics such as healthy relationships, mental health, physical and nutritional health, reproductive health, and substance abuse. According to the OAH more adolescents drink alcohol than smoke cigarettes or use marijuana. More than three in ten high school seniors report drinking some alcohol within the past month, and more than one in six reported “binge drinking” within the past two weeks. Drinking endangers adolescents in multiple ways including motor vehicle crashes, a leading cause of death for this age group. One in five adolescents has ridden in a car with a driver who had been drinking. Illicit drug use - which includes the abuse of illegal drugs and/or the misuse of prescription medications or household substances - is something many adolescents engage in occasionally, and a few do regularly. By the 12th
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