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  • A study from the Addiction Research Institute in Ontario, Canada (Childhood Experiments, Adult Addictions), published in Health Education and Behavior (December, 2007) revealed “the earliest risk of onset of alcohol (ages 10 & 11), is followed closely by the illicit use of prescribed drugs (age 11) and the use of hallucinogens (age 12).
  •                                                                                                Children face high risks for experimentation with marijuana and hashish between the ages 13 and 14. Risks for the initiation into crack/cocaine begin at ages 15 and 16.
  •                                                                                                 It is believed 16 is the pivotal year for adolescents, who face increasing peer pressure to experiment with drugs and alcohol while being (afforded a greater degree of adult status by their parents ) After 18, risks for alcohol and marijuana decline and by age 22 the risk has nearly ended.
  •                                                                                              An official report released by England’s Department for Children, Schools and Families has stated that kids are joining gangs at progressively younger ages, sometimes even at 7 or 8 years old, according to The Daily Telegraph.
How substance use affects teens health

Substance use can lead to long-term social and health problems, injury, and even death. Growth and development can be affected by the use of drugs /alcohol. Teens who abuse these substances may have trouble finding their identity, building healthy relationships, and becoming emotionally stable. They also may have trouble preparing for their future. Substance abuse can affect memory and learning, which can harm a teens ability to focus on his or her School assignment or School work.

Substance use can grow very quickly from experimenting or occasional use to abuse and addiction





  Drugs are related to crime in multiple ways. Most directly, it is a crime to use, possess,  manufacture, or distribute drugs classified as having a potential for abuse. Cocaine,  Heroin, Marijuana, and Amphetamines are examples of drugs classified to have abuse potential. Drugs are also related to crime through the effect they have on the user's  behavior and by generating violence and other illegal activity. 


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Drugs & Crime​​

80% of offenders abuse drugs. 

Nearly 50% of jail and prison inmates are clinically addicted.

Approximately 60% of individuals arrested for most types of crimes test positive for illegal drugs at arrest.

 

 The use of Alcohol and Drugs can negatively affect all aspects of a child's life, impact their family, friends and community and place an enormous burden on our society. 
 One of the most significant areas of risk with the use of Alcohol and drugs is the connection between Alcohol, Drugs, and Crime.