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Created with Fabric.js 1.4.5 Teen Drug Use in Raleigh By: Grant Farrell Drugs are a serious problem in almost any school. Teenagers are being constantly exposed to illegal substances and are pressured to do drugs from their peers. Drug use at a young age can: -Increase the likeliness of an drug addiction later on in life -lead to problems focusing in school and lower grades-lead to depression, fatigue, and other symptoms Effects include:-Dizziness-Red eyes-Slower reaction time-increased appetite Top three drugs used by teens:-Marijuana-PrescriptionDrugs-Alcohol Marijuana The most common used drug amoung teens In North Carolina 11.9% of teens reported consuming marijuana in the previous year. In 2010, marijuana possession accounted for 53.6% of drug arrests in North Carolina. Despite the same usage rates, twice as many blacks are arrested on marijuana charges than whites in Wake County. Prescription Meds Prescription drug abuse is on the rise in North Carolina and across the country. Prescription drugs such as painkillers can be highly addictive and every bit as dangerous as street drugs. Effects include:-Confusion-Erratic behavior-Mental cloudiness-Overdose-Sucidal behavior The three main types of abused prescription drugs are opiates, stimulants,and depressants. Users often mix meds with other drugs wich can lead to an extremely high risk of overdose. Effects include:-Drowsiness-Emotional changes-Sleep disruption-Slurred speech -More than 1,000 die from prescription drug overdose in North Carolina every year!-Among teenagers prescription drugs are the most abused drug behindmarijuana. -Many teens mistakenly think of prescription drugs as safer than other illegal drugs.-In North Carolina, more people die of prescription drug overdoses than incar wrecks!-7% of Raleigh Highschoolers admit to have abused prescription medication in the previous year. double click to change this title text! Alcohol Alcohol is popular among teens because of its availability and cheap cost. Teens usually either ask older friends or siblings to purchase alcohol for them. Unfortunately most homes have supplies alcohol making it easily accessible to teens. -16% of teens have drankalcohol in the last month North Carolina Highschool Students reported-63.8% have had a least one drink of alcohol in their lifes-19% have had a drink of alcohol before the age of 13-4.1% have had a drink of alcohol on school property in the past 30 days North Carolina High School reported:-63.8% had at least one drink of alcohol in their life-19% had their first drink before the age of 13-4.1% had at least one drink of alcohol on school property in the previous 30 days Drug Rehabilitation -The first step to recovery is to accept that you have a problem.-Joining a support group with people going through similar problems can provide relief.-There are many free treatment centers in Raleigh such as Drug Rehab North Carolina ( up a new hobby can get your mind off of a drug.-Let your freinds and family know of your rehabilitation process so that they can encourageyou and keep you accountable.
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