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Lisa is nineteen and several nights throughout the week she takes anAdderall that her little brother is prescribed to feel more focused andgive her the ability to stay concentrated on finishing homework until 4am but does not think about being an addict Greg is eighteen stilllives with mom and dad and they buy him liquor to drink in their homeThey are happy it is just alcohol and figure since he is eighteen hewould do what he wanted anyway These two young people are settingthemselves up for something called drug addiction Experimentation leadsto use and with use comes the potential of abuse and eventually addictiondepending on genetic and environmental factors initially someone using adrug does not think about the effects on their brain and health in generalpotential jail time possibility of death or becoming addicted to thedrug All an addict can think about is their next fix or hit and usually donot realize they are ruining their lives until they have hit rock bottomNIDA When addiction occurs the human brain overcomes its own abilityfor reason and rational thought to the point of destruction Stoehr 1The first cause of drug addiction is experimentation with drugs andexperimentation is on the rise among high school students Johnston et al15 Experimentation is only the first few times a person uses a drug itbecomes abuse when they use more frequently More people of a young ageare making decisions which can lead to an addiction According to TheUniversity of Michigan Institute for Social Research 48 of high schoolstudents had used an illicit drug by the time they left high schoolJohnston et al 15 That means that if you took the senior class from ahigh school and sorted them out by drug use almost half of them have useda drug they could become addicted to No one knows how many times aperson can
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