The Impact of Drug Abuse on Adolescent

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Once the drugs get into their systems, adolescents can experience a wide range of medical complications, which include memory loss or decreased memory level, addiction, mood disorders and impaired brain functions. It is imperative that youths understand the impending consequences of using drugs at their tender age. this will convince them to drop their urge and curiosity of engaging in drug use and abuse (Sloboda and Bukoski 88). During the adolescent age, the bodies and the brains of teenagers undergo rapid growth and development, and this means that the brains are yet to develop fully. Any encounter with drug use at this age results to grave impact on the developing brain (Newcomb and Bentler 47). As I had indicated earlier, adolescents access a wide class of drugs, some of which are illegal. Adolescents use cocaine, marijuana, heroine, ecstasy and sometimes the prescription drugs. The most obvious effect of drug use among teens is addiction, which emerges as a form of brain disorder that alters the composition of the brain of adolescents. Substance addiction among adolescents is accompanied by cravings that cannot be controlled, and these cravings are also compulsive (Miller 67). Adolescents continue to crave these drugs despite the fact that the drugs result to grave social, emotional and physical consequences. While some teens can develop an addiction initially when they use a drug, this addiction can last for the rest of the life of that teenager. Further, teenagers who begin using drugs at a young age may develop an addiction faster than those who begin at an old age. Furthermore, drug use among teenagers has other effects besides addiction. Teenagers who abuse drugs experience a slow development of the body and brain. thus, adolescents who use drugs do not grow to standard height because of the harmful effects of drugs on their body growth and development (Neinstein 68). Further, the brains of drug users are smaller than those of adolescents who do not use drugs. Adolescents who engage in drug use and abuse experience Intellectual problems and their school performance is always poor. Drugs impair the short-term memory of adolescents. this renders them incapable of remembering any information that they learn in class. This problem hinders adolescents from learning new ideas in class due to the effect of drugs. Furthermore, adolescents who use drugs experience underdeveloped motor skill and their ability to perform intricate motor activities becomes problematic and impaired. Further, drugs make adolescen