Percentage change since 2002 in the number of U.S. teens using illegal drugs: –9
Percentage change in the number of adults in their fifties doing so: +121
Just say "no!"
The experts give some reasons why teens might turn to
prescription drugs to get high:
- Escape and boredom;
- Preservation of friendships, romantic relationships, and family life;
- Competing for college admission, including competition for advanced
placement and honors courses in high school;
- The balance between schoolwork, grades, and extracurricular activities
like sports and clubs; and
- The desire to have the “ideal” physical appearance.
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