Look Younger, Do Drugs
By Eloisa F.
Washington, Age 15
This problematic situation can happen to any of us. No matter how close knit the community is or how close the family is, anybody can become a drug addict, just ask Megan H. Megan first got introduced to huffing when she was 12 years old. She inhaled anything she could get her hands on. You wouldn’t think she’d be one to do this, but Megan was trying to forget a hurtful situation. Megan started drugs to get over being sexually abused (Hakeman, 2). More and more teens (some like Megan and others to experiment) are starting to use drugs.
You’d be surprised to find out the average age for teenagers to start using drugs. Could you really imagine a 10 year old with a blunt?! Kids right now are starting drug use as young as 10 years old (Brilhart, 1). Studies in 2007 showed, 36% of 12th graders had used Marijuana in the past year (Stocker, 2). That may seem like a small statistic but think of all the people being harmed. Although, becoming a drug addict is not voluntary. Most people who start drugs don’t know the effects, they just do it to try drugs, peer pressure, or to try and get over a problem or situation.
Teens can be introduced to drugs in many ways; friends and family are a big part in this. Influence and peer pressure shows teens that drugs couldn’t be so bad but the truth is different. Having a big shocking problem may lead to drugs. Drugs can be an “escape” for teens (Hakeman, 1). That would be the saddest way to “fix” your problems. Don’t be cowards; confront problems instead of escaping with drugs!
In a way you could say that doing drugs can slow down your brain. Yes, it’s true but it gets more complicated than that. Think of it as a rewiring of your brain but not in a good way. Many drugs have the same effects, a lot similar to the effects of Marijuana misuse: loss of coordination, affects your judgment and decision making, perception, memory loss, anxiety, and a dropped GPA (Stocker, 3). You could also get mood swings. Those aren’t your normal teenage hormone mood swings, so why would you want more from drugs?!
Believe it or not, aside from the health effects, drug use also affects your everyday life. Since drugs affect your judgment and memory; it may start getting hard for someone using drugs to keep going with school. Your GPA may go down or you just might quit school completely.
Recent studies showed the illicit drug use in school dropouts compared to non-dropouts, according to ethnicity. The research showed that 28% of white dropouts used drugs and 23% of white drug users were still in school. In African-American students, 28% were dropout drug users and 17% that were in school. For Hispanics the percentage for drug users who were dropouts and who were in school was the same with 14% (NSDUH Report, 2). Most of the drug users were dropouts compared to the few who were still in school. Are you really going to risk your education? I don’t think that’s a fair price to pay. Nothing is worth loosing for drugs.
When someone uses drugs they don’t only harm themselves. Everybody is affected by drug use. The mothers or family of a teenage drug addict will suffer as they see their family member go to waste so young. When someone is under the influence, another person will end up getting physically harmed, or the drug user can even harm their own selves. Death is always a going to be a big part in drugs. Not everyone can avoid death from drugs.
Please don’t end up as a drug addict, so don’t even bother experimenting either! Just think of Megan and how huffing controlled her life. “I inhaled most anything I could get my hands on…,” doesn’t that sound like being controlled (Hakeman, 2)? She learned she had a problem, which should be the 1st step. Next would be to GET HELP. Get to a rehab before the drugs get to YOU!