Teenagers often experiment with a variety of activities and substances. Unfortunately, this experimentation can lead to substance abuse and addiction. Statistics show that drug abuse is a growing problem among teens.
In addition to cocaine, Ecstasy and other club drugs, a recent Monitoring the Future Study showed that the top six most abused drugs by teens are: marijuana (31.5%), Vicodin (9.7%), amphetamines (8.1%), cough medicine (6.9%), sedatives & tranquilizers (6.6% each). Without treatment, the effects of drug abuse on teens can lead to serious consequences.
Teens commonly associate addiction with movie images, or people they’ve seen at the absolute lowest, worst point of their addiction. Many have ideas about what an addict looks like desperate, homeless, suicidal, criminal. With these ideas in mind, it’s hard for them to understand how their drug or alcohol use is a problem after all, their consequences seem less extreme.
It’s true; the external effects of someone using at age 18 are often much less severe or obvious. They might get in trouble at school, get grounded by their parents, fight with their friends or lose relationships. Combine false assumptions about addiction and placing blame on parents and other adults.
Just as teens do, parents have their own images of what someone with a drug problem looks like, and it can be as extreme as the child’s view. With parents, kids and others sharing this stigma about addiction, many drug problems slip through the cracks, and that allows for worst-case scenario circumstances to develop when the warning signs might have been there years earlier.
Recovery programs for young people offer the chance for teens to identify with others who have similar experiences and stories. And thanks to these programs, many young people who have not crossed the line into addiction have stopped using and found happier, more fulfilling lives without experiencing the severity of long-term.Behavioral problems. Teens who abuse drugs have an increased risk of social problems, depression, suicidal thoughts and violence.
According to a recent survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, teens who abuse drugs are more likely than teens who don’t abuse drugs to engage in delinquent behaviors such as fighting and stealing.
Inspector General of Police (IGP) Islamabad Muhammad Aamir Zulfiqar Khan talking bold steps to make city drug free. The IGP highlighted importance of preventive measures, wherein Counter Terrorism Force, Operations Division and Special Branch should prepare a coordinated plan for elimination of crime and making Islamabad a secure city. He further directed the DIG (Operations) to launch Intelligence Based Operations immediately which might be proof as a catalyst to thwart any untoward incident.
He further directed Operations Division to beef up security of police pickets (nakas). The officers/officials should be sensitised about current security situation in the Country. Muhammad Aamir Zulfiqar Khan maintained that continuous campaign against drugs mafia should be continued, as it will ensure future of new generation. He also ordered that mock exercises on fortnight basis should be continued in addition to the ongoing stop and search operations in the capital. He further maintained standby reserves fully equipped with anti-riot gear should always be readily available on round the clock basis in order to meet any kind of contingency.