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Drugs and Teenagers The drug use of teenagers have been increasing in todays society and the most drug users begin to take drugs at their preteen or teenage years because during that time the adolescents have to face a hard time to identify themselves According to Johnson et al 1986 by their mid-20s 75-80 of American young adults have tried and illegal drug including about 50-55 who have tried some illicit drug other than or usually in addition to marijuana Cited in Coombs 1988 p10 On the other hand people might ask why the adolescents want to try drugs Actually the teenagers use drugs are result of a combination of family and social factors One of the most important factors that cause teenagers to use drugs is due to their family As everyone knows parents are the first teachers for their children so the families educations are very important Jurich et al 1985 states that the parent as an active teacher and model of such patterns Cited in Coombs 1988 p48 Unfortunately a number of parents sometimes use some drugs such as cigarettes and alcohol which are very popular substances when their children are at front of them Also according to Barnes 1977 Brook Whiteman Brook and Gordon 1981 Forster 1984 Gorsuch Butler 1976 Huba BENTLER 1980 Huba et al 1980 McDermott 1984 Mellinger 1971 Smart Fejer 1972 The degree to which parents themselves use drugs consistently has been shown to influence their childrens decisions regarding drug use Cited in Coombs 1988 p49 When their kids saw their parents to use those kinds of substances they might think that it does not matter to use cigarettes and alcohol because their parents also use them Therefore they would imitate their parents and try them In the same manner the parents pressure and family problem also can cause a teenager to use drugs Sometimes the parents give their children too much stress such as
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