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According to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), high school students in Colorado had a higher than national average for illicit drug use (marijuana and cocaine). NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse) states that marijuana is becoming more popular amongst young people throughout the United States. Also, youth aged 12-17 in Colorado also had a higher than national average for using painkillers for non-medicinal purposes. Colorado State University estimates that as many as 65-75% of drug abusers in Colorado are between the ages of 12 and 29. It is also problematic that teenagers become addicted more readily than adults do. Addiction can become a lifelong disease and it is important that youth receive the correct treatment for their problem. Sometimes, people are unaware that the young people in their family are experiences drug addiction or abuse. There are some signs that might indicate a problem such as a change of friendship group, use of eye drops to an excessive degree, having fake ID or drug paraphernalia, bloodshot eyes, changes in memory retention or other physical changes.

Substance abuse affects not just the person who is addicted, but family and friends around them. Do you know a young person who might be addicted to drugs or abusing them? Visit our website for places to find help for young people suffering from addiction.
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