Underage Drug Abuse


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Underage drug use is a huge problem in America. Not only does teen drug use have a negative impact on the life and family of the user, but it also affects society, education, and the economy. Kids who don’t talk to their parents, usually end up doing drugs. The percentage of kids doing drugs is very huge. Some of the drugs that kids do, people haven’t even heard of them.
The importance of teen drug use has a vast impact of our society. The nations largest annual survey of students drug use shows the use of illegal drugs is increasing huge among sixth, seventh, and eighth grade students. 65,000 cigarettes are used by American teenagers under age eighteen who become addicted to cigarettes every month.
Among youths who smoke, the average age of initiation is 12.5 years of age. 28% of teens know a classmate or friend who has used ecstasy. Approximately 15% of 10th and 12th graders have used amphetamines. In a study at San Francisco General Hospital, 25% of seizures were found to be caused by amphetamines use. An estimated 1.8 million (0.8%) of youth age twelve and older are current users of cocaine. So many teenagers use drugs.
One of my surrounding issues is the economy, teenagers doing drugs is a huge part of economy. This is for the total treatment, and the drug use. The medical cost of drug abuse was estimated by the National Center for Health Statistics to be nearly $60 billion.

Teen arrestees often test positive for recent drug use. The National Institute of Justices Arrestee and Drug Monitoring System drug testing program found that 66% of underage male arrestees tested positive for marijuana.
One clear change is teenager’s shifting attitudes toward the legalization of marijuana and other drugs. The vast majority of high school students disapproved of legalizing the private use of LSD (63%), heroin (71%), amphetamines and barbiturates (56%), and marijuana (39%). The percentage of high school students favoring prohibitive laws on the private use of marijuana fell dramatically from 1990 to 1997 (from 56% to 39%). Nearly 33 percent of high school seniors in the year 2000 believed that marijuana use should be legalized, and nearly one quarter (23%), believe it should be treated as a minor violation, rather than a crime. Three in ten feel that marijuana should be treated as a crime. Given ecstasy’s growing popularity, teenager’s lack of concern about the risks surrounding it are surprisingly low. The percentage of 12th graders who perceive any health risk in using ecstasy has risen only slightly to 38 percent from 34 percent in 1997. Even so, the vast majority of teens disapprove of experimenting