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The psychological and physical aspects of drug abuse in todays adolescence Unfortunately the abuse of illegal drugs is not uncommon in todays adolescent communities Many teenagers today use illicit drugs as a way to deal with everyday pressures such as school after school jobs sports activities domestic violence and peer pressure Adolescence has been found to be a period of weakening bonds with parents and strengthening bonds with peers Flay 1994 Numerous states have experienced an increase in drug related deaths httpwwwusdojgovdeastats More than 1 in 10 of todays youth aged 12-17 were current users of drugs in 1999 wwwusdojgovdeastats The number of young adults aged 18 to 25 using illicit drugs in 1999 was at a high of 171 percent wwwusdojgovdeastats In this paper I will describe some of the most popular drugs in todays adolescent communities and why the use of illegal drugs is most common between the ages of 12 through 25 I will also describe what the tell-tale signs are in a person with a drug problem and how you can help Among high school and college students the drug marijuana is most frequently used in America today Marijuana is a tobacco-like substance that varies in its potency depending on the source and selection of plant materials used httpwwwwellcom Marijuana is usually smoked in the form of loosely rolled cigarettes called joints hollowed out commercial cigars called blunts and in water pipes called bongs Street names for Marijuana include pot grass cannabis weed Mary Jane Acapulco Gold dope and reefer When Marijuana is smoked THC goes quickly into the blood through the lungs It then goes to the brain and this is when the high is felt This can happen within a few minutes and can last up to five hours There are many reasons why some children and young teens start smoking marijuana One of the main reasons is because there may be a close family member
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