What are the causes and risk factors of teen drug use?
Family risk factors for teenagers engaging in drug abuse include low parent supervision or communication, family conflicts, inconsistent orsevere parental discipline, and family history of alcohol or drug abuse. Individual risk factors include any history of physical or sexual victimization, learning or emotional problems, difficultymanaging impulses, emotional instability, thrill-seeking behaviors, and perceiving the risk of using drugs to be low
What is drug abuse?
Substance abuse, also known as drug abuse, is apatterned use of a substance (drug) in which the user consumes the substance in amounts or with methods neither approved nor supervised by medical professionals. Substance abuse/drug abuse is not limited tomood-altering or psycho-active drugs. If an activity is performed using the objects against the rules and policies of the matter (as in steroids for performance enhancement in sports), it is alsocalled substance abuse.
The term "drug abuse" does not exclude dependency, but is otherwise used in a similar manner in nonmedical contexts. The terms have a huge range of definitions related to takinga psychoactive drug or performance enhancing drug for a non-therapeutic or non-medical effect. All of these definitions imply a negative judgment of the drug use in question (compare with theterm responsible drug use for alternative views). Some of the drugs most often associated with this term include alcohol, amphetamines, barbiturates,benzodiazepines (particularly temazepam, nimetazepam,and flunitrazepam), cocaine,methaqualone, and opioids.
What are the dangerous effects of drug use in teens?
* Drugs of any kind decreases teens' ability to pay attention.
* The younger a person iswhen they begin using drugs the more likely they are to develop a substance-abuse problem and the more likely they are to relapse into drug abuse when trying to quit.
* Juveniles who use drugs...
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