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What is drug abuse?

Drug abuse is the intake of drugs that are not prescribed by a medical practitioner for medicinal purposes. These drugs that are abused are mostly not for medicinal purposes but foe leisure and social purposes. The most commonly abused drugs include alcohol, hard narcotics such as cocaine and heroine,pain relievers and muscle relaxers such as morphine and Valium and even marijuana. Drug abuse is a widespread scourge among young people globally, teenage drug abuse is an up and coming trend and statistically its only getting worse. The situation is rampantly accelerating due to several reasons.

Reasons for prevalence of teenage drug abuse

There are several reasons why drug abuse is on the increment verge among teenagers. The principal reason for this situation is peer pressure from fellow teenagers who term abusing drugs as a cool. This is a critical age when these teenagers are in transition to adulthood they do not have a strong sense of individuality hence do not have self control and make decisions in a group. Teenagers are therefore very vulnerable to falling into the habit of abusing drugs provided they hang out with peers who are already consuming drugs. Without fully being aware of the consequences of drug abuse teenagers fall victim and succumb to peer pressure.

Another factor influencing and promoting teenage drug abuse is the influence from media and social networks. This is because most teenagers look unto celebrities such as musicians, actors and reality television stars as role models . This is risky because some of these celebrities openly abuse drugs and others are even drug addicts hence negatively impacting on teenagers who ape the same character they see an read on the media. Other reasons include lack of proper parental guidance and exposure or ease access to these drugs in their neighborhoods. All these factors influence the abuse of drugs among teenagers but this is not an irrecoverable situation.

Prevention of teenage drug abuse

Teenage drug abuse is not an irrecoverable situation; there are however several potential solutions to resolving and even permanently getting rid of this problem. Teenagers need to be informed on the danger of abusing drugs and the effects on the general society and to their personal; health and life. If these teenagers are well informed they will be able to counter peer influence and have more self control hence be able to resist the urge to succumb to any pressure faced from their peers. The general society also has a role reducing the rampancy of teenage drug abuse, parents and teachers have the to take responsibility and play an advisory and guidance role. This will ensure a high level of discipline among teenagers therefore reducing instances of teenage drug abuse.


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