Thursday, June 18, 2015

Teen drug addiction: 7 things every parent should know (Salt Lake City), June 12th, 2015

"It is difficult to put the words 'children' and 'drug addiction' in the same sentence, but if we want to protect our kids from drug and alcohol abuse we need to educate them. Teens, and even younger kids, should know why they need to avoid substances and make smart choices.

Absorb these seven eye-opening facts about underage substance abuse — and make sure you share them with your kids as well.

1. Teenage drug use leads to addiction
According to Everyday Health, nine out of 10 adult addicts begin using before age 18. Additionally, 25 percent of Americans who started using any addictive substance before age 18 are still addicted.

At least part of the reason why teen substance users are more likely to abuse drugs and alcohol as adults has to do with the developing brain. The Everyday Health article also says if substance abuse happens when the brain is more fully developed in your mid-20s, you are less likely to become addicted." Read more

For tips and resources to talk to your teen about substance abuse, visit our Resource Center here.

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