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Running head: OUTLINE FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN ADOLESCENCE 1 Outline for Substance Abuse in Adolescence Name: Institution: Date:
OUTLINE FOR SUBSTANCE ABUSE IN ADOLESCENCE 2 Outline for Substance Abuse in Adolescence Introduction Substance use among adolescents ranges from mere experimentation to severe substance abuse. Despite the type of reason for substance use, even minimal use puts adolescents at risk of short- term problems such as fights, accidents, overdose, and unwanted sexual activity. In modern western society, drug abuse is rampant among adolescents as most youths abuse drugs to satisfy the normal developmental need to take and seek thrills. Surprisingly, substance use increases with the increase in age, and statistics have it that about 70 percent of adolescents will try alcohol before graduating from high school. The constant increase in the rate of substance abuse among adolescents is an indication that the preventive measures being used have so far failed and are less effective.

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