It’s common for parents to worry that their teenager will use drugs. Learn the signs of drug use so that you can be alert to drug use. Early intervention on your part can help your teen stay out of trouble from drugs.
Learn about the different types of drugs that may be abused.
Older teens are more likely to use drugs than younger teens. Marijuana (pot) is still common. More and more teens are abusing prescription drugs.
Changes in their energy:
Changes in their behavior:
Get help early for your teen. Help them stop using drugs before it becomes a drug abuse problem. More information is available at http://teens.drugabuse.gov/.
Teenagers and drugs; Symptoms of drug use in teenagers; Drug abuse-teenages; Substance abuse-teenages:
Stager MM. Substance abuse. In: Kliegman RM, Stanton BF, St. GemeIII JW, Schor NF, Behrman RE, eds. Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics. 19th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Elsevier Saunders;2011:chap 108.
National Institute on Drug Abuse: Preventing drug use among children and adolescents. NIH Publication No. 04-4212(B). 1997. Revised October 2003. Available at: http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/preventing-drug-abuse-among-children-adolescents. Accessed 8/8/2013.
Updated by: Linda J. Vorvick, MD, Medical Director and Director of Didactic Curriculum, MEDEX Northwest Division of Physician Assistant Studies, Department of Family Medicine, UW Medicine, School of Medicine, University of Washington. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.
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