Teenagers so young as 14 are using heroin and amphetamines, and this nuber is increasing rapidly, while the number of injecting drug users double each year. What exactly is being done? Can more be done to help? At the moment there is a Queensland detoxification program, which is a two and a half year program that has helped 100 clients in the past year. They only have five beds which is nowhere near enough for all the teenagers who require help.
They began in March last year with $1.4 million of government funds. This figure should be largely increased. There should be more funding going towards helping drug addicted teenagers, because the more money the better the chance to save them. More beds could be bought, so that they could stay in a safe environment until they are confident about leaving and staying off drugs.
Another factor is the availibility of drugs.
Factors influencing availability include the price or responsesnessecary to obtain the drug, the potency of the drug the ease of access to the drug and the consequences of drug use. Study found that Unemployment resulted in increased drug use, and that drugs also caused unemployment. If the government was to put more kids to work than it would help decrease the amount of teenage drug users.
The increasing rate of teenage drug users may soon lead to dangerous situations, with many teenagers willing to do anything to get money to buy drugs or amphetamines. Stealing is the most common way of picking up a quick buck, but if they get caught they could end up in jail or even land a criminal record. Many teenagers will find it really difficult to apply for a job or other things such as a loan. Many drug users could go to...