Unchecked, drug and substance abuse can become a powerful addiction. In some cases, the consequences can even be fatal.
Drug addiction and abuse among Canadian teens is on the rise. According to the statistics, more than 60% of the drug users are between the age of 15 and 24 years.
Drugs Commonly Abused By Students:
- Bath salts
The health problems associated with drug abuse that these teens undergo are also serious ones. The health issues include:
- Short term memory loss
- Psychomotor retardation
- Liver damage
- Decreased appetite
- Cardiovascular disease
- Panic attacks
Here are some fast facts about drug abuse among the teens in Canada:
- The rate of death caused by prescription drugs is much more than that of cocaine and heroin combined
- High school students in their senior years used marijuana more than they smoked cigarettes in 2013.
- Majority of the Canadian teens do not consider marijuana to be harmful and of any serious danger to health.
- Around 60% of the teens who are victims of drug abuse get their drugs from either relatives or friends.
- A large number of high school seniors are of the view that taking regular steroid is not harmful;
- Majority of the teens believe that trying out heroin or cocaine once or twice is not harmful for their body, mind or behaviour.