Common reasons teens use drugs.
- Someone convinced them drugs would make them feel better.
- They think they will have a better time using drugs or alcohol.
- They believe drugs / alcohol will
make them more popular, be able to think better, become better
athletes or stay more active.
- Many teens use drugs or alcohol because they think this will help
them escape their problems. The truth is, drugs or alcohol don’t
solve problems. When the high wears off the problems are still there.
- In the U.S., about 5000 people under the age 21 die each year from injuries
Caused by underage drinking.
- More than 4 in 10 people who begin drinking before age 15 eventually
- Daily use of marijuana among 12th grade students was 6.5% in 2012,
up from 5.1% in 2007.
- In 2012, 14.8% of high school seniors reported using a prescription drug
Non medically in the past year.
Myths vs. Facts
- Alcohol use isn’t as harmful as other drugs.
- Fact: Drinking is particularly harmful to teen development. The brain
is still maturing and not fully developed until the early 20s. Research shows
teen alcohol use may lead to negative effects on the brain.
- Myth: Beer and wine are safer than liquor.
- Fact: Alcohol is alcohol. It can cause you problems no matter how you
- Myth: Marijuana is safer than cigarettes.
Fact: Gram for gram, marijuana contains more cancer causing agents
and higher levels of ammonia, hydrogen cyanide and nitric oxide than tobacco.
Myth: Marijuana is medicine.
Fact: There are no medicines that are smoked. Smoking is harmful.
Why would a doctor prescribe a medicine that is harmful?
Myth: Marijuana is all natural therefore it won’t hurt me.
Fact: Marijuana does come from a plant but that does not make it safe.
Heroin and cocaine also come from plants. Many plants are poisonous and
can harm you.
Tips to help stay off drugs and alcohol.
Take charge of your life. Make decisions that will help you get
where you want to go.
Surround yourself with like-minded friends. When you are tempted
call a friend who knows your goals and will support you in your decision.
Get involved. Teens who are involved in clubs, sports or other
activities are more likely to stay drug free.
Know the facts. Don’t take your friends word as fact. Do your own
research on websites such as the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
What to do if you or a friend has a problem.
Talk to a coach, teacher or another adult you trust.Call the boys and girls national help line. 1-800-448-3000