In Georgia between 2002 and 2006, 2,100 of the people admitted for drug and alcohol abuse treatment were between the ages of 12 and 17, according to the National Substance Abuse Index. The majority of young people in this age bracket were using marijuana (approximately 1,166). Teens between 12 and 17 years constitute over 25 percent of those admitted for rehabilitation for marijuana use in Georgia. Using drugs while the brain is still developing may have negative consequences.
Do you or is someone you know a young person who is addicted to drugs? Commonly used drugs include marijuana, alcohol, and prescription drugs. Approximately 1 in 10 students who are in high school have used the prescription drug Vicodin without a medical reason, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Of course, prevention is better than cure, but getting help for young people is essential to assist them in managing the disease of addiction later on in life. If your teen suddenly changes peer groups, hangs out with friends in strange places (such as garages or alleyways), or demonstrates some of the physical signs of drug use, such as bloodshot eyes, decrease in coordination, impaired memory or cognitive function, then it is important to seek help. Please visit our website for more information on where you can find help for teens in Georgia.
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