With all the new and different drugs emerging
every year, getting the facts straight can seem overwhelming. But DARS is here to help
you learn about the most common substances teens are faced with today. Weed, pot, grass are the same common drug
from past generations; perhaps that is why Marijuana is the most commonly used drug today.
Today’s Marijuana is much more potent than it was in the 60s and 70s and the fact that
many kids are trying pot at a younger age means that they’ll be more likely to advance
to more powerful substances as they get older. An estimated 20% of teens have used prescription
drugs to get high. Prescription pills are easy for kids to obtain, because many times
they can be found in the medicine cabinets within their own homes. However, parents have
been slow to catch on and now prescription drug abuse is a serious problem in schools. Alcohol continues to be a substance of choice
among adolescents and teens, due in part to its ability to strip away inhibition, feel
relaxed in social settings and “in with the crowd.” Binge drinking on a regular
basis is never healthy, but during this time especially, when the brain is still developing,
could lead to permanent damage. Millions of adolescents drink alcohol. Many
binge drink, having five or more drinks at a time. Research show boys usually take their
first drink at age 11 and girls at age 13. This is a popular drug among the dance, party
and club scene, and ecstasy is being marketed to kids, using cartoon characters. With its
stylistic designs and cheap prices, this stimulant has tragically become a popular pastime among
teens. The presence of inhalants has become another
danger in most homes with teenagers. Teens and preteens have begun sniffing or huffing
certain chemicals or household items in order to get high. Oftentimes, teens don’t see
this as being anything more than a game and certainly don’t see it as being harmful.
Unfortunately, a single first-time use can lead to death. Immediate Assistance is available by calling
our helpline if you suspect your teen may be abusing one of these drugs.