Teens and Drugs

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Teens and Drugs
Robert Lorenz
May 13, 2012
Patrick Misiti

Teens and Drugs

At the age of 12 I picked up a gun and shot and killed my sister’s best friend. I chose many things to try to cover up this pain that was created. I was building a wall around me as I was moving into my teenage years. At this time in my life my mother thought I should start learning about responsibilities, without thinking about what I had just went through. She wanted me to try to keep my brother and sister from doing things that they should not do. With all this placed on my shoulders, my teenage years flew by so fast; I had no time to figure out who I was. In today’s society we all live in a fast pass world, including our children. With this in mind it takes both parents to work to get all the bills paid on time and be able to save for retirement. What this has created is teenagers are held responsible for their younger siblings and left home alone. With this much responsibility, teenagers are growing up to fast and have too much freedom. With this freedom come more problems. Teenagers today are finding ways to deal with these problems and escape from the responsibilities placed on their shoulders. Young people are looking for anything to escape the reality of these responsibilities. Even though street drug use is down, drugs are easy for children and teenagers to get even from their own home. With the problems that teens face today, such as maintaining grades, finals, not having any money, flunking, and pressure to be perfect teenagers are having a hard time. Anything can be a problem to teens today, from acne to stereotypes and to include parents. (“Teenage Problems”, n.d.). Along with these problems comes the desire to hide them to be more like adults. Street drugs are one way to hide them. Hiding these problems can create drug abuse and lead the teenager…...

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