Teen drug abuse

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The issue I write about is teen drug abuse. I know there are laws about this already, but I feel we are not being strict enough.

I find it horrible that teens feel they need to use drugs for such things as pain relievers, body boosters, stress relief and more.

The top six drugs that are being used most commonly are marijuana, prescription drugs, ecstasy, inhalants, cocaine and heroin.

What some teens don’t know about these drugs is that some of them can kill you the first time you experiment.

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Many teens just agree to try it once, saying it will only be a one-time thing. Thirty percent of those teens have been offered drugs at school.

Even though over-the-counter drugs are legal and mostly safe, cold medicines such as Robitussin, Nyquil, Vicks Formula 44, and Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold tablets contain a chemical called Dextromethorphan which is found in more than 120 non-prescription cough and cold medications. They are proven to be very addicting and they can lead to death.

I think teens should be more aware of the harm OTC drugs can bring. I think we could inform teens more by creating harsher punishments, such as more time in jail, community service, suspended license for anyone over the age of 16 — anything along those lines.

My opinion is that we need to act on those ideas and pass more detailed laws preventing drugs from being made, sold and used.

Emily Banville, Auburn

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