Teen Drug Abuse

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Teen Drug Abuse :

Teen Drug Abuse By Cynthia D’Vonne Rosas Willow Creek Academy 8 th Grade Project February 2011

About “Rose”:

About “ Rose ” I interviewed a 35 year old recovering addict for my project who started using drugs at the age of 15. Unlike many drug addicts her gateway drug was not marijuana but Crystal Meth .

About “Rose” :

About “Rose” She says through faith, family and friends love she was able to get out of the life of addiction without rehab, although not easy and she says probably the hardest thing she has ever done in her life, she did it. Here is a little bit of her story.

Interview with “Rose” :

Interview with “Rose” Q: What Drugs were you on? A: Cocaine, Crack, Heroin, Ecstasy, Marijuana, prescription drugs and alcohol.

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Interview with “Rose” Q: How long were you on Drugs? A: 11 years

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Interview with “Rose” Q: How did the Drugs affect you? A: Through my attitude, the way I treated people, the way I cared about people around me and the way I took care of myself.

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Interview with “Rose” Q: Did you pay for drugs? A: Yes when I wasn’t stealing them.

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Interview with “Rose” Q: How did you get the money to pay for drugs? A: Sold drugs, robbed people and places.

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Interview with “Rose” Q: How many times a week did you buy drugs? A: Everyday.

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Interview with “Rose” Q: Have you ever wanted to go back to doing drugs or had the urge? A: I never have wanted to go back those were horrible days but the urge is still there and will, sadly, probably never go away.

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Interview with “Rose” Q: How did you get out of doing drugs?

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Interview with “Rose” A: While I was on drugs I never took care of myself, as many drug addicts don’t, because of this I developed a kidney infection and kidney stones which landed me in the hospital for 5 days and

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Interview with “Rose” Answer continued needing surgery. After 5 days of being able to “kick” heroin, one of the hardest drugs to kick on your own I was able to see more clearly. After surgery and a little recovery I was sober enough to

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Interview with “Rose” Answer Continued realize I had a daughter to live for and the day I got out of the hospital I told my sister I didn’t want to get high no more.

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Interview with ”Rose” Answer continued She simply said “DON’T TELL ME SHOW ME!” so I did and I have been clean since February 13, 2002! Almost 9 years!

Types of Drugs:

Types of Drugs

Club Drugs:

Club Drugs Ecstasy also known as MDMA it can impair kidney function and the user can be at risk for water Intoxication.

Club Drugs:

Club Drugs Alcohol The rate of fatal crashes among alcohol involved drivers 16 to 20 years of age is more than twice the rate of alcohol involved drivers 21 and over .

Hallucinogens :

Hallucinogens Inhalants are breathed in from containers, bottles, or cans. Inhalants can make a person giddy or confused, as if you were drunk. Inhalants can cause loss of hearing, headaches, nose bleeds and can cause severe toxic reactions. Using once can kill you!

Hallucinogens:

Hallucinogens Inhalants Easy to access chemicals make huffing more popular among teens Asphyxia not being able to breath, cardiac arrhythmia abnormal heart rhythms Damage to the eye

Hallucinogens:

Hallucinogens PCP Developed in the 1950s Used as an intravenous anesthetic Discontinued for humans because of strange side effects such as delirium and confusion

Hallucinogens:

Hallucinogens Methamphetamine Chemical with stimulant properties Increases wakefulness, decreases appetite Experience outburst of anger and paranoia Auditory of visual hallucinations 1998-2002 death from methamphetamine rose 125%

Hallucinogens:

Hallucinogens Marijuana Called a gateway drug Used to deal with stress and life Affects mood and coordination Hallucinations and paranoia

Hallucinogens:

Hallucinogens LSD Strong mood changing drug Effects are unpredictable Physical effects are sweating , loss of appetite, dry mouth and sleepiness Seed that makes LSD contain other chemical that cause nausea vomiting and other unpleasant side effect

Study Drugs:

Study Drugs Adderal A “cocktail” drug four drugs from the amphetamine family Increases alertness and concentration Used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy Potential for addiction

Study Drugs:

Study Drugs Ritalin Prescription stimulant Used to treat ADHD in children and adults Addictive especially among people who don’t have ADHD

Effect on People:

Effect on People Drugs main long-term addiction, disturbed moods, paranoia People develop harsh health problems such as heart and respiratory problems Heart attack and, lung failure, stroke

Effects on People :

Effects on People Effects on Schooling Alcohol is one of the most misused drugs on school campuses Drinking one night the next morning your missing classes and falling behind Losing whatever funding or scholarship might have been helping one higher education.

Effects on families :

Effects on families Families suffer in much the same way as addicts, through financial instabilities and impairment of work abilities Great risk of health problems due to stress and overcompensation over the addict

Effects on Families :

Effects on Families Drugs abused by the user are called intoxicants. This means that they use substances knowing that they will become intoxicated. Over time family members begin to feel intoxicated as well. These feelings are called Intoxicant Emotions such as shame, guilt, resentment, self pity, worry and anger.

Effects on Families:

Effects on Families As teens continue to abuse drugs they become more hostile and their decision making becomes impaired. Teens who are using drugs or abusing alcohol find that their family relationships suffer greatly. They also set bad examples for younger siblings.

Effects on Society:

Effects on Society 8 Million people abuse or are addicted to Alcohol 2 Million U.S. deaths each year, 1 in 4 is attributed to alcohol, drugs or tobacco use. The National Library of Medicine states an estimated 20% of America have used prescription drugs for non medical reasons.

Effects on Society:

Effects on Society The bureau of justice estimates that drug related arrests for adults rose from 1,008,300 in 1990 to 1,841,200 for adults 18 years and up. These numbers have been on a steady incline since 1970. According to the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) Drug and Alcohol abuse has an economic impact on society of $67 Billion per year.

Effects on Society:

Effects on Society This includes costs related to crimes, drug treatments from overdose and drug related injuries and complications. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were 17,941 alcohol related traffic fatalities in 2006 a 2.4% increase from 2005.

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