Teen drug abuse is one of the greatest issues in today’s society. There are more and more types of drugs available on the streets and teens are being more creative with their choices of drugs. In fact substance abuse covers many things from alcohol to tobacco, but if we consider only drug abuse we still have plenty to cover, including steroids and OTC drugs. Since covering all of these drugs would be impossible to do in one single article or only a few we will devote this article as being an introduction to detailed guides to the most used drugs by teens today.
Here is a list of the most common used drugs in today’s society:
- Club Drugs
- Prescription Medications – OTC Drugs
- Steroids (Anabolic)
- Tobacco Addiction
These are the drugs we are going to cover in detail, their effects and teen use, trends and statistics.
As far as some global trends about teen substance abuse go there are some positive trends and like always, some negative trends. Since 2010 still hasn’t finished we can’t rely on data gathered as the year and the research in incomplete, but looking at the charts from 2009 and what we see now we can say with certainty that teen smoking is at its lowest since the measurement started 35 years ago.
In decline were also methamphetamine abuse, amphetamine and cocaine as well as hallucinogens like LSD. However there are still reasons to be concerned as some drug abuse stats remained the same for more than 5 years showing no progress, and some have gotten even worse than they were, showing us which ones are currently the most at-risk topics regarding teen drug abuse.
Marijuana use is in stall for the last 3 years, showing no movement even though tobacco use has declined among teens. Vicodin and OxyContin are on the rise, showing alarming stats of 1 out of 10 teens using Vicodin for non-medical use and 1 out of 200 teens uses OxyContin. Heroin is also in stall, showing slight rise among the 8th graders, but slight decline among 10th and 12th graders. Steroids are being used more and more by all teens of all ages.
These are just some of the stats regarding teen substance abuse, we will cover each of the drugs listed above in detail.