• Teens and Drugs: How to know if Your Kid is Using Drugs

    There are different types of drugs. There are those that heal and make us better, and there are illegal drugs that can destroy us. These illegal drugs are harmful to our health but people take them because they believe they can get pleasure from using them. For some reason, these illegal drugs always end up in schools for teens to try. According to statistics, more than 60% of teens said that drugs were used, sold, and kept at their school.

    Teens are prone to using illegal drugs for different reasons. Here are some of the reasons found to influence them into trying drugs:

    • Feels that drugs will help them think better, become popular, stay active, or become better athletes.
    • Teens use drugs because they want to escape their problems and they feel they are depressed.
    • Peer pressure. They cannot say no because they don’t want to be rejected, or lose their friends. Sometimes, it’s because they don’t know how to get out of the situation once they are offered drugs.
    • Teens use drugs to get their parents’ attention.

    Illegal drugs are really popular among teens. They use it at parties together with alcohol. Some try it while others get addicted to drugs because of the “high” these substances bring. Here are some of the drugs that teens are usually exposed to and their effects.

    Alcohol – This is considered a depressant. When large volumes are consumed, it alters judgement, perception, emotions, and senses. It is said that alcohol kills 6.5 times more youth than all other illicit drugs combined.

    Marijuana – This is considered the “gateway drug” because trying it may lead to trying other substances. This is the most widely used illegal drug in the U.S., it comes in dried leaf form and can be consumed by smoking, inhaling, or mixed in food. Users experience different trips but mostly they feel slow and happy.

    Cocaine – This comes in white powdered form and often snorted. Users feel intense power and energy often lasting 15-30 minutes. Taking the drug may cause a heart attack because it elevates heart rate and breathing.

    Depressants – These are called downers because they calm and reduce angry feelings. Large amounts of these might stop a person’s breathing, may be fatal when mixed with alcohol.

    Other drugs include: Amphetamine, Ketamine, Heroin, Cough and Cold medicines, Ecstacy (MDMA), Inhalants, LSD, Metamphetamine, Rohypnol (date rape drug) and Nicotine.

    It is hard to say if your teen is taking drugs but there are ways to find out. If a parent suspects her child of drug use, look out for signs first before ambushing your child to do a drug test. Potential signs of drug use include withdrawal from family and friends, drastic mood swings, change in sleep cycle, change in crowd, attitude with friends changed for the worse, cutting classes and drop in grades, sneaking out of the house, hiding things from elders, blood shot eyes, finding paraphernalia in the room, and clothing that advocates drugs.

    Some of the signs may indicate normal teen moods like change in sleeping patterns. For parents to have peace of mind over their child’s health, sit down and talk to them about getting tested. Use drug testing kits if you want their drug history analyzed, or use home drug test kits that give results in minutes. These kits usually need a urine sample for testing.

    Source:

    http://www.teenzeen.org/teen-drug-signs.html

    http://kidshealth.org/teen/drug_alcohol/drugs/know_about_drugs.html#

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