#DrugsAreAwesome...If You Want To Die Young

by PeteTheGreek on Février 25, 2017 - 1:28am

In our modern society, the population is exposed to multiple threatening and addicting obstacles that can hurt anyone and those around them. The most vulnerable members of the population are the young, therefore the adolescents are the most susceptible to addiction and the abuse of substances whether its illicit or prescription drugs. The causes of drug abuse are numerous and the consequences are even more substantial. The youth of today’s societies are faced with the large threat of drugs surrounding them.


Historical Context

To understand the presence and spread of drugs taken abusively by teenagers, the history of the narcotics use can aid in comprehension. The effects and consequences of taking several of the most abused drugs are even worse nowadays than in the past. Through the article, it is clear that another peak of drug abuse by adolescents is taking place in the twentieth century similar to the large peaks of the 1970’s. (Nanda, 2006) The same drugs that teenagers abused decades ago are the same ones that are abused nowadays in more potent forms. In addition, multiple options in the recent decades are in place to attempt to reduce the amount of illicit drugs consumed. At the moment, approximately half of the teenage population in the United States of America has consumed illegal drugs by the time they receive their high school diploma.

Cause of Abuse

            The methods of forming a need for illicit drugs are explained by a neurological standpoint in the article called “Neuropsychiatric Effects of Prescription Drug Abuse”. The research like many other studies allows us to define clearly the process toward addiction and abuse. There were several examples on the possibilities of developing an addiction such as “A personal and family history of addiction” (Caplan, 2007) and “Risk factors including male gender, young to middle age, lower income and single status.” (Caplan, 2007) To begin developing an abusive routine is extremely severe, the dependencies that are formed to different illegal substances all begin from a single use. The accessibility to drugs nowadays has been facilitated more than ever as people can use the worldwide web to provide themselves with the products. According to the research, this issue has managed to create the need for further therapy centers and more people willing to aid toward a road of recovery.

Political Issues

Within the social community of teenagers drug abuse is driven by money and popularity. The costs of illicit drug use shouldn’t be underestimated as the use of narcotics affects several sectors and uses countless services and resources. Due to substance abuse, there are tens of billions of dollars in costs that are paid by the Canadian government. The main factors attributing to the costs of substance abuse are alcohol and tobacco followed by illicit drugs. “Alcohol accounts for approximately $7.52 billion in costs […] Tobacco accounts for approximately $9.56 billion in costs […] The economic costs of illicit drugs are estimated at $1.4 billion. (Single, 1998) The sacrifices made to reduce the substance abuse of teenagers are a large commitment by the Canadian government to ensure a bright future for the next generation. The reduction of drug abuse is a main priority for political leaders as the illegal and dangerous substances can damage physically and mentally those that are meant to be counted in for the nation’s bright and prosperous future. To establish relations with the youth to drive them toward drug-free lives the government shows public service announcements on social media towards anti-drug lives as seen in the video linked with this article.

Effects of the Drugs

The consequences that are linked to the abuse of drugs can lead to multiple long-term health issues, which are explained in the research. As people continue to abuse drugs, evidently, their condition and the consequences will begin to be severe and critical. The teenagers damaged by prescription drugs abuse are scarred and in need of continuous and serious aid for the rest of their lives in the most severe cases. Most likely, adolescents are suffering from drug abuse but are too afraid or too independent to seek aid and support from family and peers. (Jaffe, 1999) The recent generation of teenagers feel strong and unique, making them have a hard time in confiding in others.

Solution & Treatment

Following years of research, the article “Family Treatment For Drug Abuse” shows that the best approach toward treatment for adolescents and adults that suffer from narcotics abuse is to use a family based treatment plan. The study explains that the relations with parents are vital for defeating an addiction. It is said, “ New research shows that high levels of supportive parenting reduces genetic vulnerability for substance use increases over time” (Rowe, 2012) Through building family functioning, the drug use will be reduced since when an individual begins to use drugs family interactions and functioning is compromised. With strong family ties, the drug abuser has an increased chance of successfully recuperating from their addiction. This research discusses many forms of family therapy such as “Multidimensional Family Therapy” or “Multisystemic Therapy” to improve adolescent surroundings and reduce antisocial behavior. With aid from family, the odds of success are highest for a better life.


#1 Do you believe the efforts done by the Canadian government through media will be able to convince teenagers to not start taking illicit drugs?


#2 With proper awareness will more adolescents speak up about drug abuse?


#3 What is the biggest thing we can all do to aid those in our communities?



Caplan, J. P., Epstein, L. A., Quinn, D. K., Stevens, J. R., & Stern, T. A. (2007). Neuropsychiatric effects of prescription drug abuse. Neuropsychology Review, 17(3), 363-80. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11065-007-9037-7


Jaffe, S. L. (1999). Adolescent substance abuse: Assessment and treatment. Adolescent Psychiatry, 23/24, 61. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/206077047?accountid=9991


Nanda, S., M.D., & Konnur, N., M.D. (2006). Adolescent drug & alcohol use in the 21st century. Pediatric Annals, 35(3), 193-9. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/217550846?accountid=9991


Rowe, C. L. (2012). FAMILY THERAPY FOR DRUG ABUSE: REVIEW AND UPDATES 2003-2010. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 38(1), 59-81. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/1115574157?accountid=9991


Single, E., Robson, L., Xie, X., & Rehm, J. (1998). The economic costs of alcohol, tobacco and illicit drugs in canada, 1992. Addiction, 93(7), 991-1006. Retrieved from https://search.proquest.com/docview/199697757?accountid=9991


Public Service Announcement Video



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MTL man with deep Greek roots, at the same time I'm a hardcore Canadian with a passion for hockey, love for the Habs and a lust for a Timmie's Double-Double.