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Substance Abuse in Young Adolescents

HRC Final Issue Brief. Chapter 1: Risk Factors and Protective Factors. Skip to main content En español Home » Publications » Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents (In Brief) » Chapter 1: Risk Factors and Protective Factors Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents (In Brief)

Chapter 1: Risk Factors and Protective Factors

What are the highest risk periods for drug abuse among youth? Skip to main content En español Home » Publications » Chapter 1: Risk Factors and Protective Factors » What are the highest risk periods for drug abuse among youth?

What are the highest risk periods for drug abuse among youth?

Factors That Influence Teenagers to Substance Abuse. Many teenagers get high from abusing substances which range from diverted prescription drugs to street drugs to inhalants to alcohol.

Factors That Influence Teenagers to Substance Abuse

Some of these teens will go on to a life of addiction, abusing increasingly dangerous substances. Some teens will have more short-lived experience, as abusing a drug or other substance even one time can be fatal. Parents and interested adults should examine the factors that lead teenagers to abuse substances in an effort to prevent this risky behavior. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that peers have a large influence on drug-abusing behavior. Many teens use drugs for the first time to avoid being stigmatized by their friends or to impress others.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) Behavioral Health Treatments and Services. Overview SAMHSA is working to build a behavioral health system that enables Americans to find effective treatments and services in their communities for mental and/or substance use disorders.

Behavioral Health Treatments and Services

While effective treatments exist, far too few people with behavioral health conditions receive the help they need. Substance Abuse - The Office of Adolescent Health. Alcohol is the substance abused most frequently by adolescents, followed by marijuana and tobacco.[1] In the past month, 35 percent of high school seniors reported drinking some alcohol, 21 percent reported using marijuana, and 11 percent reported smoking cigarettes.[1] Alcohol More adolescents drink alcohol than smoke cigarettes or use marijuana.[1] Within the past month, more than three out of 10 high school seniors report drinking some alcohol and one in six have engaged in “binge drinking” daily in the past two weeks.[1] Drinking endangers adolescents in multiple ways including motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death for this age group.[2],[3] One in five adolescents has ridden in a car with a driver who had been drinking.[4] Genetic factors and life stressors influence adolescents’ alcohol abuse, but parents and guardians can help by monitoring adolescents’ activities and keeping channels of communication open.[5] Tobacco Illicit and Nonillicit Drug Use.

Substance Abuse - The Office of Adolescent Health

Risk & Protective Factors - The Office of Adolescent Health. Approximately 5.6 million adolescents who are currently under the age of 18 will die prematurely due to a smoking-related illness.[1] There are several characteristics and risks associated with tobacco use and with difficulty quitting – many of these factors are applicable not only to adolescents but to all individuals, regardless of age.

Risk & Protective Factors - The Office of Adolescent Health

Factors associated with likelihood to smoke or use tobacco Numerous factors influence adolescents’ decisions to start smoking or to use other tobacco products. These factors include some individual characteristics, such as stress and low self-esteem, but also social characteristics, such as having parents,[3] siblings, or friends who smoke.[4] Exposure and susceptibility to tobacco advertising can also affect smoking initiation among adolescents.[5]