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Price Ken Price ENG 102 – Dr. Riedell Cause and Effect Essay 6 March 2008 The Cause of Teen Prescription Drug Abuse Though statistics show no increase in illicit substance use among teenagers, the rate of prescription drug abuse among teenagers increased drastically over the recent years. According to The National center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University, from 1992 to 2003, prescription drug abuse among teens has more than tripled (“Teen Drug Abuse Triples”). There are many theories of what causes such rise in drug abuse. Many place the blame on movies and television shows that desensitizes the audience towards drugs. Others blame it on the lack of preventive measures to keep teenagers from abusing drugs. The cause of such a phenomenon is does not stem from one simple, concrete thing – but rather, a combination of individual, psychological factors and social factors. There are numerous psychological and sociological causes in the rise of drug abuse among teenagers, including depression, stress, peer pressure and availability of drugs. Depression is among one of the major psychological roles of drug abuse at the individual level. Drug abuse is often propagated by one’s desire to hide or temporarily ease the symptoms of such psychological disorders (“Causes of Drug Abuse”). The psychology of adolescence must be taken into account in this context. Justice Anthony Kennedy wrote for an article in USA Today, “juveniles are more vulnerable or susceptible to negative influences and outside pressures, including peer pressure”, so 1
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