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Teen Drug Addiction Facts

According to the most current U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) survey of high school students:

  • Over 70% of high school students have reported that they have experimented with alcohol.

  • Over one-quarter of teens reported a recent episode of heavy drinking (more than 5 drinks within a couple of hours), within the past 30 days.

  • The leading cause of death for teens is reported to be automobile crashes that are directly related to alcohol use.

  • Teen drinking lowers inhibitions, which can often lead to unprotected sex, which will increase the chance of pregnancy and infection with sexually transmitted diseases, such as herpes and HIV.

  • Teen marijuana use is particularly troubling, because this drug has been reported to hinder memory, problem-solving, and learning.

  • Over 6% of teens have tried cocaine, while almost half of these teenagers reported using it currently (one or more times in a month).

  • Teens that use cocaine are at a great risk for developing an addiction to the powerful stimulant.

  • Teens that use cocaine are at a great risk for abnormal heartbeats, occasionally resulting in a life-threatening heart attack, seizure, or stroke.

  • Inhalants are reported to be most frequently abused by junior high students, because they are relatively inexpensive and easy to get.

  • Inhalant use is extremely dangerous, as they contain poisonous materials, such as lead and toluene, which can cause irreversible brain damage to a teen user.

  • Club drugs, including ecstasy (MDMA) and date rape drugs such as gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB) or flunitrazepam (Rohypnol) are currently gaining popularity with teens; these drugs are often used at all-night dances, raves, or trances.

  • Although the number of teens abusing ecstasy and GHB is small compared with cigarettes, alcohol, and marijuana, these drugs can be extremely dangerous, especially when they are combined with alcohol or other drugs.

  • The side effects of ecstasy use include depression, sleep problems, and severe anxiety that may last for weeks after taking the drug.

  • Over time, the use of ecstasy can lead to a teen experiencing liver damage and thought and memory problems.

  • Teens that use Methamphetamine are at a high risk for seizures, strokes, and many other long-term health problems.

  • Teenagers who use drugs such as heroin, morphine, and codeine, are at a high risk for developing a physical and psychological addiction to these drugs.

  • Prescription drugs, such as diazepam (Xanax), methylphenidate (Ritalin), hydrocodone and acetaminophen (Vicodin), and oxycodone (OxyContin are currently being abused by teens at an alarming rate.

  • Anabolic steroids, which teens often use to build muscle tissue and decrease body fat, can cause a wide variety of negative side effects, including liver cancer; reduced sperm count; male-pattern balding; irritability and rage; and increased cholesterol and blood pressure, resulting in heart attack and stroke.

  • Abuse of alcohol and various other types of drugs has become a major threat to the health and well-being of teenagers throughout the United States.