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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:

  • LSD
  • Marijuana
  • Cocaine
  • Ketamine
  • Bath salts
  • Ecstasy
  • Methamphetamine

The health problems associated with drug abuse that these teens undergo are also serious ones. The health issues include:

  • Anxiety
  • Short term memory loss
  • Hypoxia
  • Psychomotor retardation
  • Liver damage
  • Psychosis
  • Decreased appetite
  • Depression
  • 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.