Teens & Substance Abuse Jose Hernandez

Most teens experiment with drugs and alcohol. Many experiments with cigarettes as well.

In recent years, according to several resources, teens' use of alcohol, cigarettes, illicit drugs, synthetic drugs, and prescription drugs has decreased. Common reasons behind teen drug use include curiosity, developmental need for experimentation, peer pressure, stress, emotional issues, and a desire to escape.

In contrast, there has been a high increase in the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes). There is also a continued decrease in the perceived harm of marijuana use among teens and the culture at large.

Converse calmly with your teen regarding his/her alcohol and drug use. Through quality conversation, find out what, when and where your child uses drugs and alcohol. An intervention or sending a teen to rehab must be considered as a very last resort.


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