Teens Try Drugs and Alcohol in the Summer
United Sates health officials say that the summer months are the peak times for teens to experiment with illicit substances like alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, designer drugs, ecstasy, and newer hotter drugs such as “purple drank.” June and July are the most popular months for teens, with no school to occupy their time, to see what happens when they take drugs or alcohol. The report, released by by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, stated that during that time, 5,000 teens start smoking tobacco, 4,500 try marijuana, and 11,00 drink for the first time (on average).
Dr. H. Westley Clark, the Director of the agency’s Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, indicated that less adult supervision during summer also contributed to freedom for youths to dabble with illicit substances. Though the administration declined to give specific advice to parents about their teenagers and drugs, it is clear that parents should be very careful about the ways in which their children might be experimenting with substances. Statistics show that the younger a person is when they become addicted to something, the more damaging the addiction is and the harder it is to break.
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