This survey attributes the increase in drug use to students’ perceived risk or danger in using a particular drug. In 1992, thirteen year-olds were less likely to see cocaine, crack and marijuana as dangerous. But in 1993, there was a significant increase in marijuana use by seventeen and eighteen year olds and a significant increase in marijuana use by thirteen year-old students. Cocaine use by seventeen and eighteen year olds declined in 1992. However there was a significant increase in cocaine use by thirteen year-old students between 1991 and 1992.
Also, over the past year 3.9 percent of the same age group reported they have been dependent on an illicit drug, when the United States average is 2.4 percent. Law enforcement and school officials need to learn about heroin and the problems associated with it in order to try to put an end to this dramatic increase. Teenage use of heroin in the suburbs is rising drastically, and it is not just the stereotypical druggies anymore. “I just had a 17-year-old girl in the National Honor Society with no previous record found with a syringe of heroin,” said Mitchell.
Today, cigarette smoking is really common in younger age groups. Teenagers have this idea that smoking will make you cool and help you fit in. In actuality, that is not the case. Smoking at a young age is the worst thing you can do to your body and is a gateway to other drugs and bad habits. “ 90% of smokers began before the age of 19…About 30% of teen smokers will continue smoking and die early from a smoking-related disease…According to the Surgeon General, teenagers who smoke are 3 times more likely to use alcohol 8 times more likely to smoke marijuana, and 22 times more likely to use cocaine.” (2).
Most drug addictions start off at a young age mostly in teenage years and they can grow to heavier drug “According to the 2009 Youth Risk Behavioral Survey, 38 percent of ninth-through twelfth-grade students in public and private schools in the United States had used marijuana one or more times during their lifetime,” (Drug Abuse, 2014). This really ups the crime and violence rates in most cities and states. TheYouth Risk Behavioral Center are showing and helping spread these studies threw are young generations, but they’re afraid they haven’t spread quick enough. If you’re like most parents or guardians, I don’t believe I want my future children or anybody to be addicted to some kind of street drug. You’re addictions can effect e... ... middle of paper ... ...l-being but also impairs a person’s judgment and reaction time and decreases coordination.
Super Grass, Ace, Greta, Ganja, Weed, Mary Jane, Dope, and the Herb, are just a few of the modern terms that today’s users call the drug that is marijuana. Research shows that in recent years the use of this drug has been on the rise, especially among teenagers. Bridget M. Kuehn, MSJ (2011) stated in her article, “As marijuana use for medical or recreational purposes is debated at state and municipal levels across the country, use of the drugs among teens continues to climb”(p. 242). In a survey done by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 45,000 eighth, tenth, and twelfth grade students showed an increase in the use of Marijuana in comparison to years passed. From 5.2% of twelfth graders, 2.8% of tenth graders, and 1.0% of 8th graders reporting daily use in 2009; to 6.1% of twelfth graders, 3.3% of tenth graders, and 2.8% of eighth graders in 2011.
Estimates from research say that about 9 percent of users become addicted to marijuana. Long-term marijuana users go through withdrawals when trying to quit. Although no medications are currently available, recent discoveries about the workings of the endocannabinoid system offer promise for the development of medications to ease withdrawal, block the intoxicating effects of marijuana, and prevent relapse. Marijuana is the most common illicit drug used in the United States. After a period of decline in the last few years, its use has been increasing on young people since 2007, corresponding to a decreasing perception of the drug’s risks that may be associated with increased public debate over the drug’s legal status.
During the 80's there was a huge war against drugs. Many parents thought that the government was doing a good enough job of informing children of the risks about drugs and let their guard down. Obviously, the government did not do a good enough job of informing children of the dangers of drugs, recently there have been a number of studies showing that almost every illegal drug's use among teenagers has risen dramatically since the early 90's. In conclusion, the use of heroin has grown because rock stars and actors have been caught with the drug, because the media glamorizes the use of heroin, and because some parents have a carefree view of drug usage. Almost everybody knows at least one person who has at one time done an illegal drug.
The number of new heroin cases involving the youth increased by 53%. A study done at the University of Columbia has found that drugs are more readily available and used by the youth. Other surveys have found that drug abuse by high school seniors jumped 27% in 1993, 20% in 1994 and another 9% in 1995. At the age of twelve to seventeen, 2.9 million teens have used marijuana, compared to 1.4 million the past year. As if these statistics were not shocking enough, I found that in 1996 24% of eighth graders, 21 to 38% of tenth graders, and 29 to 40% of twelfth graders have been using marijuana.
Teen drug abuse in not only a rising problem in the United States as a whole, the amount of teens that participate in drug use is increasing in the community as well. Teen’s reasoning for drug abuse can vary from a background of substance use to the need for social acceptance. From ages 13-18, roughly, teenagers feel invincible and do not consider the problems that can occur as a result of their actions (Tween and teen health). Adolescent drug abuse has declined from the 1990s to mid-2000s, but began to peak around 2010. In 2013, 7% of 8th grades, 18% of sophomores, and 23% of seniors smoked marijuana at least once per month.
Drug testing was responsible for a significant reduction in cigarette smoking among 8th grade students (13-year-olds) from 35.9% to 24.4%, alcohol use from 39.9% to 30%, and cannabis use from 18.5% to 11.8%. V. Mandatory drug tests have proven to help teenagers reduce the use of drugs and alcohol in their daily lives. If young people get used to it when they are young, it’s proven that they would have a difficult time trying to loss their addiction to the substance. Helps the person without any criminal chargers but with all the help needed. They even have different types of drug tests to show the time period of when the person might have taken a drug recently.