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Factsheet on teens and drug abuse

Why do teens use drugs,
alcohol and smoke tobacco?

Teenagers take drugs because they want to change something about their lives. Research shows that people take drugs mainly for the reasons below:

bulletTo fit in a community, group or gang
bulletTo escape or relax
bulletTo feel grown up among their peers
bulletTo relieve boredom and give them personal excitement
bulletTo rebel and get violent without fear
bulletTo experiment (curiosity)
bulletPeer Pressure

Many people who have taken drugs say they saw it as a solution to a problem or barrier. But they ended up broken, failed and in deeper problems.

Every person has problems or challenges in life. No one is perfect. Problems are part of life, and using drugs to solve a temporal problem is like creating a bigger problem to solve a little one.

why do teens use drugs

Where do people get them from?
Good question. Drugs are not items that you find on the shelves of shops or in peoples bags. Even though people have them, they are usually hidden. Remember, everything bad is usually done in secret. If it was a cool thing, why do people hide them?

People who get into drugs get it from a friend's friend, who also got it from his friend's friend… and so on. At the end of this long line of friends is a dealer who is making money out of destroying young people futures. It is very bad.

How Do Drugs Work?
Basically, every drug is a poison. A tiny amount acts as a stimulant (speeds you up). A greater amount acts as a sedative (slows you down). An even larger amount can kill instantly.

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