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All my friends are doing it If one is a parent one has probably heard this saying many times but has one ever thought that if ones child is using this as an excuse for going certain places making particular fashion choices or listening to a type of music may this also be their excuse for using illegal drugs CASA found that nine out of 10 American addicts started smoking drinking or using before the age of 18 and one in four of those people became addicted to some sort of drug Sy Kraft Medical News Today Did you know that America is the lowest in education and the highest in drug abuse and as we sit here today adolescent substance abuse is our number one public health problem Most adults are aware of the growing problem with our young people and substance abuse yet it still remains an issue How many times has one heard about or experienced a parent or guardian turning a blind eye to their childs drug use because they want to avoid conflict or dont see it as a major issue How would one think those same parents would act if they knew addiction drives 70 other diseases that require hospitalization or how their childs brain is not finished developing until the age 25 and with every use they could be creating permanent damageThere are many causes when it comes to teen substance abuse in America such as peer pressure stress low self-esteem and performance enhancement The two most common causes of teen drug abuse today are peer pressure and stress What is peer pressure Peer pressure is social pressure by members of ones peer group to take a certain action adopt certain values or otherwise conform in order to be accepted Today bullying is such a wide spread problem throughout our school systems and we are seeing more and more teens following and doing whatever it
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