The Life of a Runaway Teen
The rate of American teens leaving home has continued to rise each year. The United States must educate more young people about the dangers of leaving home and living on your on the streets. Runaway teens encounter problems such as drugs, violence, and reliable resources.
Runaway’s teens often encounter problems with drugs such having an addiction. An addiction is a chronic brain disease that causes a person to find drugs in unwanted places, despite how harmful they are to them (Addiction p.4).Taking drugs at any age can lead to addiction, research shows that in earlier stages a person using drugs is more likely to be more seriously sick in use later on in their life’s (Addiction p.5). Drugs can have effects on not only your health, but problems at birth. Nearly 4% of pregnant woman in the United States use illicit drugs to release stress (Effect p.1). Another cause is death, death from a drug overdose have been rising over the last 10 years. Over 113 people have die of this cause. The majority of these over doses were young males between the ages of 10-17(Addiction p.6). There are treatments available, but it cannot be cured. Addiction can be a long-lasting disease that is hard to get rid of. There are two types of addiction treatments such as behavior change and medication if needed. Treatments may vary, depending on the type of drug he or she has used at a later use (Addiction p.7)
Runaway’s teens also deal with many serious issues such as violence. Violence or abuse can happen to anybody at any given time. The main purpose any abuser does this to gain or have total control over you. When people do this they are m...
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...e. Most go to shelters. Shelters are here to keep you safe from harm. Normally, any shelter must try to call in your parents within 3 hours of your arrival. If they don’t show up the shelter has to write a letter letting them know where you are. The shelter will not call your parents if you don’t want them to, but they will call DHHS, DHHS is a social service trying to help you with you problems. You can also make a request for 3 nights while you’re there. Most teens do think about going back to get there stuff. Most likely it’s not theirs, don’t get things that you didn’t pay for such as TV, phone, or computer. Get things like gift money or allowance that you let, it is yours. Can you be arrested for leaving home? No you cannot. The police will take you called "interim care" for 6 hours. He can decide whether or not DHHS will take to support you need (Home p.1, p5).
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