By Valerie Bodden

This name examines how inhalants and membership, prescription, and over the counter (OTC) medicinal drugs have an effect on members and society, investigates how individuals are operating to place an finish to drug abuse, and analyzes the controversies and conflicting viewpoints surrounding the problem. beneficial properties contain a word list, chosen bibliography, web content, resource notes, and an index, plus a timeline and crucial proof. Aligned to universal center criteria and correlated to country criteria. crucial Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a department of ABDO.

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Inhalants are the only class of drugs for which use has been shown to decline with age. After marijuana and inhalants, eighth graders most frequently reported having tried OTC cough medicines and amphetamines, such as Adderall. Among tenth graders, past-year use of amphetamines topped the list after marijuana, followed by OTC cough medicines, Vicodin, and tranquilizers. After marijuana, twelfth THE “OTHER” DRUGS: ALCOHOL AND TOBACCO 32 • Many drug experts believe the first step to ending drug abuse among teens is curbing the use of alcohol and tobacco, both of which are also illegal for young people.

Some want a break from difficult experiences or feelings. Painkillers and sedatives are generally taken to feel numb and detached from the problems of everyday life. Other teens use drugs as a way of coping with stress. They may use sedatives or tranquilizers to help them relax. Or they might turn to stimulants to increase their focus and energy as they work on tasks. Feeling Good Many teens turn to drugs simply to get high. They have heard drugs can make them feel good, and they want TEENS AND THE DEVELOPING BRAIN Researchers once thought the human brain was fully developed by the time a person reached puberty, but new research by the National Institute of Mental Health has revealed the brain may continue to develop until the early 20s.

There is no typical drug user. Young people who use drugs can be male or female, good students or dropouts, athletes or musicians, rich or poor. They can be from any ethnic group. Many young people start using drugs because they are bored, stressed, depressed, or dealing with other emotional issues. Others use drugs to assert their independence or just feel good. Social Factors Peer pressure plays a powerful role in teen drug use. Young people who have friends who use drugs are much more likely to try drugs themselves.

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