The majority of adults with addiction first tried drugs in their teenage years. The term ‘drugs’ covers a wide range of substances, from over-the-counter “legal highs” to street drugs like weed. The data in the infographic shows that high school seniors have plenty of options to choose from.
Teens have always been prone to experiment with forbidden substances. Most young people who try alcohol and drugs don’t develop a substance use issue. However, there are other risks aside from addiction.
Drugs can have devastating consequences for anyone. And it is especially harmful to users in their teens. That’s because their brains are still developing, and they may face long-term cognitive and behavioral effects if they stick to their habit.
Further reading: Study drugs: Is it a Smart Choice?