Teen Drug Abuse
Since the mid 19th century, drugs always have been part of human life. Drugs today affect most of the teenagers in our society. There are many reasons why teenagers justify their use of recreational drugs. Many believe that taking drugs can relieve them of boredom and also they believe it can help them cope with stress and make them feel happy. In my opinion everyone should stay far away from drugs, because drugs can have a very negative effect on their physical and also their mental health. If the teenagers take drugs it will definitely have a big effect on their physical life.
Taking any kind of drugs can decrease a teenager’s ability to pay attention and their speech. Each type of drug can affect the body in a different way. (C. Shell and Edward) mention that drugs can affect the body by changing the eye color to reddened whites, making you feel sleepy and also causing excessive hunger, lack of motivation, confusion and aggressiveness,(p4).
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“Young people today are exposed earlier than ever to drugs. Based on a survey by the Centers for Disease Control in 2007, 45% of high school students nationwide drank alcohol and 19.7% smoked pot during a one-month period. “(Quoted in Our Drug Culture par. 6) In my opinion it is much better for teenagers to cope with stress if they exercise daily and eat healthy foods. Unfortunately teenagers like to take risks and experiment during their teenage years. Because of that, they may become addicted to alcohol or drugs. This will affect their mental health in general. Scientist have proven that when a person is addicted to drugs or alcohol, their ability to think rational is reduced and so this will cause them to fail everything in their life.
They will have a difficult time processing information, expressing their thoughts and understanding others. It is also fact that teenagers on drugs suffer great memory loss. There is nothing worse than damaging your brain. In my opinion teens should stay far away from drugs and focus on their health, education and future. Also when teenagers are addicted to drugs, their social life greatly affected. If you use drugs your brain function will decrease and so you can never achieve what you wanted to do.
You can never become a doctor or a lawyer, a teacher or even a good parent. You may also loose your job. The most famous and recent example is what happened to the mayor of Toronto. Because the mayor of Toronto used drugs, he might loose his position at City Hall. According to Warawa :”No member – no member of our city council, no mayor should be doing something illegal like smoking crack”. (Quoted in Hume par. 6) In closing, I suggest that teenagers and people in general should stay away from drugs and also other people who do drugs.
It is important to choose the right friends and stay in a healthy good social group. It is easy to use drugs to run away from problems in life, but there are more healthy ways to deal with these things. Having good friends and family and a healthy life can help solve most of life’s problems. It is mostly because of drugs that we have so many problems with our youth today in our society. If one-day drugs are eliminated from our society, the world would be a much happier place.