The topic is controversial, even for those who walk through a counselor's door to talk about their marijuana use. People may put off actions and decisions to the point of being a burden on family and friends, give up personal aspirations, had nagging health concerns, such as worries about lung damage, made excuses for unfinished tasks or broken promises, experienced disapproval from family and friends, been involved in the criminal justice system.
Youth who start drinking before the age of 15 are five times more likely to develop alcohol dependency and two and a half times more likely to become abuser of alcohol. Alcohol is a major factor in all three leading causes of death among youth: unintentional injuries (including motor vehicle crashes and drowning), suicide, and homicide.More >> Many youth mistakenly believe these drugs are safe because of how easily accessible they are and because they are prescribed by doctors and approved by the FDA, plus their parents use them. 7.3 million agree there's "nothing wrong" with using prescription drugs without a prescription. Most young people get prescription drugs right from their own homes or from their friends, for free, with the most commonly abused prescription drugs being pain killers, depressants and stimulantsMore >> Suicide rates vary across demographic groups, with some of the highest rates occurring among males, whites, and the older population. Suicide also is strongly associated with mental illness and substance use disorders. Individuals who die from suicide, however, represent a fraction of those who consider or attempt suicide.More >>