A staggering 73 percent of teenagers polled admitted that school stress was a primary factor in their decision to use drugs, yet a mere seven percent of parents thought their kids might turn to drugs as a stress coping mechanism. Stress related to peer pressure might also cause a young person to engage in conformity by taking drugs to please others. 65 percent of respondents said they took drugs to boost self-esteem.
Everyone gets stressed from time to time, and some teens are turning to drug use to ease the burden. Marijuana and prescription drugs are among the easiest targets, with users often able to access them in as little as an hour.
Whether you’re a parent, teen or just concerned about this issue, it’s important to realize how using drugs to handle stress is becoming more popular among teens, and as a society, we can’t afford to turn a blind eye to the practice.