There’s no question that drinking and drug abuse is a problem in most high schools. Although according to the latest research teens’ use of substances (except inhalants and prescription opiates) has dropped in recent years it still remains a leading cause of injury and death in young people.
Teens who abuse these substances may have trouble finding their identity, building relationship skills, and becoming emotionally stable. They also may have trouble preparing for their future. Substance abuse can affect memory and learning, which can harm a teen’s schoolwork.
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