Teens Abuse Drugs

Peer pressure is not simply a phase teens go through. "It can be a negative force in the lives of children and adolescents, often resulting in their experimentation with tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drugs." (Preparing Youth for Peer Pressure) This report was written to advocate my thesis: Teens abuse drugs because of peer pressure. Peer pressure for this report should be defined as the influence of peers or friends.

Drugs are a serious problem for teens today. "In 1997, one in 10 12- to 17-year-olds reported using marijuana or hashish in the prior month. One in 20 reported having used some other illicit drug, including cocaine, crack, heroin or LSD. By the time our teens become seniors in high school, half will have tried an illegal drug." (Horn) The average age of illegal drug initiation continues to decline and the time between initiation and onset is also...
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