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How to Spot Drug Use in Kids
Teens - Drug Information | NIDA for Teens
One way to deter harmful recreational drug use by teenagers is to treat them like adults. Rather than simply tell them to "Just Say No" to alcohol, tobacco or illicit drugs, it may be more helpful to explain how these substances create unique risks for them — risks that arise due to the changing state of the adolescent brain. It's an approach recommended by Dr. Scientists have long recognized that people who use alcohol, tobacco, marijuana and other drugs while adolescents are far more likely to use more dangerous drugs in their 30s and 40s. Back in , researchers writing in the American Journal of Public Health reported that "the use of marijuana is a good predictor of the use of more serious drugs only if it begins early" and that early drinking is a similar "predictor of marijuana use. It should come as no surprise, then, that Americans in their 30s and 40s who used recreational drugs as teenagers are the group most severely affected by opioid overdoses today. Unfortunately, neither the media nor popular culture adequately informs young people about the neurological damage alcohol, nicotine, and marijuana can inflict on the brain.
Talking with teenagers about drugs
Two separate surveys suggest that Britain's teenagers are amongst the heaviest drug-users and drinkers in Europe. The British government has introduced a number of measures to tackle the use and supply of drugs, particularly among young people. This number is higher than anywhere else in Europe. The UK has also the joint highest number of young cocaine users, alongside Spain.
Wilson Compton of the National Institute on Drug Abuse about a new study that found the use of illicit substances dropped among teens last year. Teen drug use in the United States is in decline. A government study finds that the overall use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications and illicit substances dropped among American teens last year, but why? We're joined in the studio by Dr.