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course will also require a trip to a drug rehabilitation center once a year where students can see the true damage that drug abuse can have on ones life. The idea that this course will be taught by real people and not police officers will enhance the idea that drug addiction can happen to anyone and will prevent students from feeling inadequate. This will ensure the updated education of teenagers at a time in their life where they are most confronted with drugs. II: Formulation The problem of teenage drug abuse is becoming a more important issue every day. Studies have shown that there has been a 78 percent increase from 1992-1998 in drug abuse among teenagers aged 12-17, including the drugs LSD and other hallucinogens, cocaine, and marijuana (Plohetski,1). Increasing numbers of

teens as well as children are dying as a result of inhaling gasses from aerosol cans or huffing , to get high (Hayes, 1). According to the 9th annual PRIDE survey, student use of most drugs has reached its highest level in 9 years (Policy.com,2). All research is pointing towards the same direction. Teenage drug abuse is at an all time high and effecting young America in a drastic way. Drug use among youths had shown signs of decline between the mid 1970 s and 1990, but such use appears to have increased during the 1990 s. Among high school seniors, self reported marijuana use in the past month declined from about one out of three students in 1980 to 12 percent in 1992. However, in 1995 about 21 percent reported using marijuana in the past month. Approximately 1 in 20 high school

seniors reported daily marijuana use (Drug and Alcohol Use, 48). Inhalant use has been on the rise among young teenagers as well. Inhalant abuse is a serious problem. Survey s show that nearly one in five children will likely experiment with inhalants before they graduate from high school. This number totals to nearly a half million each month (Hayes, 1). Inhalants are highly toxic and highly unpredictable. They are also cheap, legal and easy for most children to obtain. Most doctors believe that inhalants should be getting the same respect of marijuana and alcohol. This is a message most kids are not getting. A huge problem associated with teenagers and drugs today is the gaining popularity of ecstasy. Ecstasy is very similar to the love drug of the 1970 s MDA. However, the

major difference between the MDA from the 70 s and ecstasy from the 90 s is that ecstasy is not pure. Almost all manufacturer s of this pill combine MDMA with other drugs. By the time it reaches the consumer it may or may not have been laced with other illicit material. By mixing several of these drugs together sensations may be enhanced, but one is putting themselves at risk for heatstroke, heat failure, severe brain and liver damage, or death. Ecstasy, or E, is almost always swallowed as a tablet or capsule. A normal dose is around 100-125 mg. Black market ecstasy is extremely dangerous. These E tablets vary in strength and often contain other drugs. MDMA, the primary drug in Ecstasy releases the brain chemical serotonin, elevating ones mood and acting as a short-term

antidepressant. Most teenagers are not educated on the danger of taking this drug. It is very popular among the club and rave community. Several deaths have been linked to taking this drug , usually from heatstroke because users dance for long periods of time in hot clubs without replenishing lost body fluids (What is Ecstasy?, 1). This drug is one of the most dangerous drugs facing our generation today and because of the improper drug education of American teenagers, more deaths will be related to it in the future. There are many factors that contribute to teenage drug abuse. National surveys have found that teenagers whose baby-boom parents smoked marijuana regularly a generation ago are more likely to use drugs than other teenagers. The study commissioned by the National

Center of Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, found that 58% of parents who once smoked marijuana regularly would consider it a crisis if their young teenager used the drug, compared with 83% of parents who never tried marijuana. The study says that teenagers are more at risk of using drugs in general if their parents think that marijuana is relatively harmless. I agree with Joseph A. Califano Jr., the president of the center when he said, The ambivalence of the baby boomers about marijuana is clearly a key factor in adolescent drug use. (Trip,1). By law, every K-12 school in the country receiving Federal money must have a drug prevention program starting in Kindergarten. All 50 states and over half of the nation s school districts use the Drug Abuse Resistance