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Teen drug use statistics are looking more positive than ever. Take a look at some teen drug use facts:
Signs of drug use in teens refer to changes that an observer can spot and might act as a clue to confirm drug abuse. Signs can fall into a few broad categories: paraphernalia, physical signs and psychological signs.
Drug paraphernalia refers to items or tools used to ingest, hide or use different drugs. The different forms of paraphernalia vary depending on the drug and how the drug must be ingested to work. Finding paraphernalia is one of the warning signs of teen drug use.
Common pieces of paraphernalia by consumption method include:
If you are suspicious of a specific drug, look up symptoms of that specific drug. If you are suspicious but not sure which drug someone is abusing, general physical symptoms of drug abuse may include:
General psychological symptoms of drug abuse may include:
Signs of withdrawal start within hours to days after they last used the drug. Withdrawal symptoms will depend on which type of drug your teen is using.
You can also look for physical evidence of the drugs themselves, which are often left behind. Look for bits of marijuana (green plant material), white powder, unknown pills, and other unfamiliar materials. Even if you find evidence, be careful not to assume the worst. However, keep each piece of evidence in mind to build the bigger picture.
Along with obvious signs, drugs can cause obvious changes in behavior. While teenage years bring about personality shifts, if you notice any combination of symptoms and suspect drug abuse might be a problem, make sure to address the problem.
While teen drug use is difficult to predict, research helps us identify the underlying causes of teen drug use. These factors can include:
To understand why teens use drugs, one much look at each teenager as an individual with needs, thoughts and feelings. The reason they use drugs is as varied as to why adults use them.
Teens abuse the same drugs that adults do. Drugs of abuse range from legal to illegal, and can be natural or unnatural. Be aware of all the common drugs used by teens so you can determine behavioral flags that indicate drug abuse.
The most used drugs by teens are alcohol, cannabis and nicotine. Illicit drugs and prescription substances are less common.
How drugs are taken plays a role in the decision-making process around which drugs teens will take. In general, drugs that are easier to take like pills, drinks and smoking will be more common than snorting or injecting.
The effects of drug abuse on teens can be permanent and damaging to themselves, friends and family. Risks can increase based on the drug of abuse, if other drugs are involved, and how long the abuse has been taking place.
Young people may feel invincible and immune to the dangers of substance use; however, they can experience the effects and consequences the same as adults.
Effects of teen drug use include:
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