Juvenile Drug Abuse

Juvenile drug abuse is a serious social and public health problem. Drug abuse by people under age eighteen often correlates with poor academic achievement, difficulties with peer and family relationships, emotional problems, and damage to physical health. Drugs can impair reaction times and distort the thinking process, making teens vulnerable to risky behaviors such as driving while intoxicated or engaging in unprotected sex. And by violating drug laws, teens risk arrest and detention. In addition some heavy drug users are more likely than nonusers to commit other crimes, including burglary and serious assaults. According to FBI statistics, more than 1.9 million juveniles were arrested for drug abuse violations between 1994 and 2003, accounting for 12.4 percent of all drug violation...

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