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One of the largest problems in society today is teenage drug abuse After a dramatic drop in the use of illicit drugs among teens throughout the 80s once again teen drug use is on the rise at a dangerous rate and shows no signs of slowing down In 1979 more than 16 percent of children between the ages of 12-17 used drugs according to the Drug Enforcement Administration Under the banner of the Just Say No slogan Presidents Reagan and Bush helped drive this number down to a low of 53 percent in 1992 but it has crept back up to 10 percent today Drug Use Back Up for Youth 1 From 1991 to 1994 eighth graders who said they had used marijuana in the previous year doubled to 13 percent In the same time region marijuana use increased 66 percent among 10th graders as well as a 44 percent increase among 12th graders Marijuana has by far been the most popular drug used by teens as well as all Americans in the past decade However there is a new generation of drugs that is just beginning to effect the nations youth Ecstasy or MDMA belongs to a family of drugs called entactogens which literally means touching within It creates a sense of euphoria for the user and enhances feelings of empathy emotional warmth and self acceptance Besides extreme liver and brain damage the effects of ecstasy are yet to be discovered since the drug is so new Recently a new mock ecstasy pill has been circulating which creates the same euphoric feelings of real MDMA but is much cheaper to manufacture These pills have been found to contain PMA speed DXM and PCP Deaths have already been reported from heatstroke as a result of taking this mock pill What Is Ecstasy 2 Among other drugs that are currently on the rise are cocaine inhalants ciggerettes and alcohol The teenagers of
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