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How to Connect with Your iTeen by Linda Perlman Gordon, Susan Morris Shaffer

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FACT SHEET 5

DRUG USE IN ADOLESCENCE

Adolescents experiment with drugs or continue taking them for several reasons, including the following:

images  To fit in: Many teens use drugs “because others are doing it”—or they think others are doing it—and they fear not being accepted in a social circle that includes drug-using peers.

images  To feel good: Abused drugs interact with the neurochemistry of the brain to produce feelings of pleasure. The intensity of this euphoria differs by the type of drug and how it is used.

  To feel better: Some adolescents suffer ...

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