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Substance abuse among adolescents

I need some thoughts and suggestions about the current trends and risk factors regarding the abuse of drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and the youth of today. Perhaps statistics would be good to include, as well as a particular risk factor with empirical evidence for prevention.

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Hi There,
The solution below should get you started. I suggest using this simple outline:

1. On Teen substance abuse - 100 words
2. Risk Factors and Protective Factors - 200 words
3. Prevention programs - 200 words

This outline should yield 500 words that should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

On Teen Substance Abuse

According to the World Health Organization (2015), "Substance abuse refers to the harmful or hazardous use of psychoactive substances, including alcohol and illicit drugs. Psychoactive substance use can lead to dependence syndrome - a cluster of behavioural, cognitive, and physiological phenomena that develop after repeated substance use and that typically include a strong desire to take the drug, difficulties in controlling its use, persisting in its use despite harmful consequences, a higher priority given to drug use than to other activities and obligations, increased tolerance, and sometimes a physical withdrawal state." For adolescents in the US, the National Institute on Drug Abuse/NIDA (2015) reports that, "some children are already abusing drugs at age 12 or 13...Early abuse often includes such substances as tobacco, alcohol, inhalants, marijuana, and prescription drugs ... If drug abuse persists into later adolescence, abusers typically become more heavily involved with marijuana and then advance to other drugs, while continuing their abuse of tobacco and alcohol." The likely outcome then, especially those whose abuse are not intervened with, are wasted lives substance abuse lead to psychological, behavioral and biological complications preventing the individual from functioning normally and thriving in society.

On Risk & Protective Factors

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Solution Summary

The solution provides information, assistance and advice on the topic of substance abuse (drugs, alcohol, etc.) among youth. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.