Teenage Drug Use … It Might Surprise You

We’ve come across a few articles, blogs and statistics that have changed our paradigm about teen drug use. Sure, some aren’t so shocking – teens begin to experiment with drugs and alcohol very early in life. And they’re more likely to try drugs if they’ve been pressured by their peers.

However, here are a few surprising things we’ve run across lately that have our eyebrows raised. We thought they might raise yours, too…

Black & Asian Teens Have Lowest Rates of Drug Use

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Teen Drug Use statistics might surprise you

Not to blame everything on the local media, however, this is very opposite to what we might think after watching the news. Often times trials, cases and crime scenes show a different story. However this article about teen drug use states that drug use among black & Asian teens is actually the lowest compared to whites and Latinos. It quotes an article from the Archives of General Psychiatry:

“9 percent of white teens and 37 percent of Latinos reported having abused substances in the past year, compared to 32 percent of blacks and 24 percent of Asians. When it came to drugs alone, 20 percent of whites, 19 percent of blacks, and 12 percent of Asians reported using.”

Crystal Meth Has Become the Most Dangerous Drug Problem in Small Town America.

Many in small towns will attest to this growing problem among teens … and even adults. Crystal meth is easily produced with household chemicals, and is a popular drug to produce and use in small towns across the country. This website even quoted that “Kids between 12 and 14 that live in smaller towns are 104% more likely to use meth than those who live in larger cities.”

Many Teens Don’t View Marijuana as Harmful

There’s a growing perception among many teens that marijuana isn’t harmful. We could blame it on popular movies that glamorize potheads. Or the movements to get legalization of marijuana on the ballots all across the country. Or even just the prevalence of its use. But one thing is for sure – teens don’t view this “gateway” drug as harmful like they used to. It’s considered an all natural, common drug and many are falling head first into drug use with it.

Gay Teens Are Turning To Drugs & Alcohol

Drug & Alcohol abuse among teens is high among “high-risk demographic groups” – like the LBGT (lesbian, gay, bisexual,transgender) teens. Teen Drug Abuse cites a study by Dr. Michael P. Marshal of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center that revealed:

“LGBT teens are 190 percent more likely to use drugs and alcohol than are heterosexual teens, and that the usage rate is even higher among certain subgroups.”

Illegal Substance Abuse Among Teenager is Declining

Good news, right? While we’re seeing fewer amounts of teenagers use the well-known illegal substances, be aware that they’ve turned to other things. Prescription drugs, synthetic drugs – teens are finding ways to continue to get a buzz or high off of substances not yet “outlawed” in the U.S.

How To Help Your Teen

Don’t be caught off-guard by your teen’s illegal substance abuse. Take action to get your teen drug tested, and find ways to talk about drug abuse with them.

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