Teenagers have been found to be the most affected group by drug addiction because of the various reasons ranging from exposure, peer pressure, and adolescence curiosity among others. In this study, teenagers are taken as subjects, and they include all adolescents between thirteen to nineteen years. This paper is an evaluation of a significant difference that exists between drug users and non-drug users among teenagers where drug users are disadvantaged in all spheres of life compared to non-drug users.
The Population, Major Social Issues and Statistical Background to the Social Issues Facing Teen Addicts
According to a report released by the teendrigabuse.us (2003), the drug use among the teenagers cannot be denied. Use of drugs incapacitates the ability of the victims to manage their life as well as relate well with other people. The differences between drug addicts and non-addicts are in regards to both the negative and positive outcomes owing to the drugs effect. For instance, drug addicts are likely to drop out of school, indulge in risky behaviors, and portray unacceptable forms of behavioral or cognitive weaknesses. These outcomes are notably absent among the non-addicts because they are able to differentiate between the right and wrong. A study carried out by teendrigabuse.us (2003) among the high school and middle school teenagers on the drug abuse revealed that 33.3 percent of the eighth grade used drugs, 44.9 percent in the tenth grade abused drugs and 52.8 percent from the 12th grade abuse drugs. The statistics shows that drug abuse among the teenagers costs the United States over $58 billion per year. Further, the report revealed that by the time of the study, 50 percent of teenagers reported drinking with 32 percent reporting having drunk at one occasion for the previous 30 days. These statistics are troubling and are a call for more study on the impact of drug use among the teenagers. Drug addiction among teenagers causes substantial mortality and morbidity, and this leads to significant societal economic losses. This was the culmination of a study to compare the behavioral pattern of teenagers on drugs and those not on drugs. Behavioral Differences between Teen Addicts and Non-Addicts There are significant behavioral differences between teen addicts and non addicts. Continued use of drugs leads to development of addiction and eventual relapse if drug addicts attempt to quit. Drugs impair the capability of teenagers; for example, teen addicts have a lower concentration and focus compared to non-addicts. They also have a higher probability of engaging in illicit sexual activities compared to non-addicts. As a result, teen addicts have higher records of unwanted pregnancies, sexually transmitted diseases, in addition to loss of self dignity than non-addicts. Moreover, drug abuse masks many emotional problems that culminate into disastrous acts like suicide. Drug addict teens have a higher probability of contemplating suicide than their non-addict counterparts. Drug abusers among teenagers have been noted to exhibit improper time management and engage in uncouth behaviors such as school truancy or ignorance of the societal norms. This leads to school dropout and poor performance among the teens who abuse drugs unlike the performance of non-drug users who are alert. Therefore, the negative academic outcome is a product of direct effect of drugs on cognitive skills and behavioral risk factors among the teen addicts. Non-addicts stand a better chance of excelling in