Teenage Drug Abuse
Teens that use drugs don't think about or realize the long term effects drugs have on them. All
they know is that while they are on that high; they feel good and could care less about anything that
really matters. I believe that drugs affect a teens mind, body, and future. Within the past few years,
drugs have become a big problem among teenagers. If parents were more informed about today's
drugs and how to handle them, teenage drug use would not be such a problem.
Good Parenting skills are a major part in handling teenage drug abuse. There are many warning signs for parents to look for to see if their teen is using drugs. According to Drug Free America, "If you start noticing money, cigarettes, or alcohol are missing from your home it is likely that your teen is stealing it"1 Someone who is addicted to drugs will do anything for drugs or money. They will steal whatever they have to in order to get more drugs. Even stealing from their own family does not bother them. Another warning sign of drug abuse is "If your teen has an after school job but does not seem to be bringing any income home."2 Drugs are very expensive and teens are willing to spend whatever amount is necessary just to feel that high one more time. On the other end of that, "If your teen is bringing home large amounts of income and has no job, it is possible that he is dealing drugs."3 As portrayed on television and in today's music, drug dealing seems to be the way to live these days. It gets you a nice house, fancy cars, beautiful girls, basically everything a teenager dreams about. Drugs will lead to your teen making new friends, not necessarily good ones. "If your teen begins hanging out with a new group of friends who are older than him, you need to keep your ears and eyes open."4 Older kids usually have a big influence on what a younger kid will do. The younger kid will do whatever it takes to appear cool to the older group. Hanging out...