Drug use is a fear of most parents of teenagers. Teenagers who abuse drugs often do so to fit in with a group of peers, to enhance self-esteem or to rebel.
Drug and alcohol abuse is a leading cause of teen death due to its role in car accidents, suicides and drownings. Adolescents who abuse drugs are at greater risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted disease when impaired judgment leads to unprotected sex. Children form their attitudes towards drugs as early as age nine, making it critical to address drug use long before it becomes a problem. Parents need to learn the facts about teenage drug abuse in order to deter their children from engaging in such dangerous behavior