Teens and the Drugs They Abuse

Essay by BlissfulCowgirlCollege, UndergraduateA+, December 2004

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Teen drug abuse is a very common issue these days. A high percentage of teens use drugs or have experimented with drugs: ranging from cigarettes and alcohol to cocaine and ecstasy. Drug use during adolescence is not uncommon; teens are curious and try many new things while others take the experimentation to the next level. Unfortunately, teenagers often do not see the connection between their actions of today and the consequences it may bring; they tend to feel indestructible and immune to the bad experiences they hear happening to others. Teens use drugs for many reasons: curiosity, to feel good about themselves, reduce stress, to feel grown up, or to fit in. It is difficult to know which teens will experiment and stop, or continue to use drugs occasionally without significant problems. Others will develop a dependency, moving on to more dangerous drugs that can cause significant harm to themselves or possibly harm others as well.


Teens are prone to smoking cigarettes because of peer pressure and the feeling of maturity. Teens who smoke are three times more likely than nonsmokers to use alcohol, eight times more likely to use marijuana, and 22 times more likely to use cocaine.(2) Nicotine is a very addictive drug; many people become hooked just after smoking a few cigarettes. There are thousands of chemicals in tobacco not including the ones added by tobacco manufacturers. The most known chemical is Nicotine, it produces all the good feelings and draws you to smoke another cigarette. Nicotine meets both the psychological and physiological measures of addiction. Psychologically, people who are addicted to something will use it compulsively, without considering its negative effects on their health or their life.(3) For example, a friend of mine was stabbed and resulted to his lung being punctured. The doctor told...