15 Mar Trendy And Dangerous Youth Drugs
Drugs are common to see in popular culture. TV shows, music videos, songs. Drugs are mentioned all the time everywhere in media made for teens and young adults. They’re considered trendy and fun.
Some shows just revolve around kids and young adults doing drugs and drinking alcohol and the shenanigans they get up to. That isn’t really a good thing. Drugs are an epidemic in the U.S. and popular culture doesn’t help.
Acting like using drugs is something cool or fun can be dangerous. It influences our kids and friends and puts them in harmful situations. Drug use can always lead to side effects.
Here are some of the most popular drugs among young adults:
Cannabis, marijuana, or weed. This is often considered a “soft drug”, which means it doesn’t cause people to get addicted and doesn’t really have harmful side effects. This isn’t true, and cannabis can cause addictions.
In television shows, there is often that one character that is never seen sober. They’re always high, or stoned, off of cannabis and that is the basis of their personality. These people also populate real life and represent many teens. Just because the addiction isn’t necessarily severely harmful, that doesn’t mean it isn’t real.
If you can’t function without having cannabis in your system, then you have an addiction. That’s the real danger of cannabis. People cannot, or will not, recognize they have a problem. This is because it’s presented as a “safe” drug.
Cannabis can sometimes lead teens and young adults to believe that not all drugs are bad. This is because marijuana seems fine. That leads them to try other popular drugs and can get them into trouble. Many drugs seem fun at first until they take over your life.
- Synthetic Drugs
Drug use has changed. More and more synthetic drugs are becoming a common theme. Synthetic drugs are drugs made in a lab usually derived from an already existing one. They’re chemically altered. They are popular because they’re cheaper and easily hidden.
Synthetic Cannabis is one that is growing in its popularity. Some versions are called K-2 or Spice. There were a large number of overdoses in Connecticut due to synthetic cannabis in 2018.
These synthetics are usually made as a chemical that is sprayed onto plants. Then the plants are smoked in ways people smoke marijuana. They can be sold as liquids for use in vape pens, or e-cigarettes. They can often be sold or hidden easily, and don’t show up on drug tests. This is perfect for a teen to abuse.
This also means it is easy for a young person to think that it isn’t dangerous to be using it often. This can lead to them using it far too much and overdosing. An overdose is when someone uses more of a drug than their body can tolerate, and potentially die because of it.
Opioids have always been popular among all crowds, sad to say. That is because their effects are so strong and addictive. Opioids are one of the most addictive types of drugs out there. They induce dopamine in the brain, which causes a euphoria. Over time the person needs more of the drug to reach that euphoria, which is how addiction happens.
Young adults take more prescription drugs for fun than any other age group. Often they take these drugs from a friend or family member who trusts them. They can be easily accessible if forgotten in a medicine cabinet.
Using opioids with alcohol is also common in young adults. This can cause lung or heart failure because they lower blood pressure. Opiates and alcohol are depressants and when combined can have serious side effects.
Ecstasy, MDMA, or Molly as it is also known, is a common drug used by teens. It is fashionable to use at parties or concerts because it can “enhance” the experience. It increases feelings of touch and gives more energy. That’s why it is often taken in party settings.
This is considered a fun drug to teens, and some use it every time they go to a party. It can easily be harmful if used alongside alcohol and can cause overdoses.