drug abuse in teenagers


Often, teenagers come up ideas to try new as well as interesting things and take risks in their lives, so many of them try tobacco, alcohol, or drugs because it seems exciting. Only some teens try these substances just a few times, but most of the teens can’t control cravings or urge to have them, again and again, that is called as substance abuse.

Teens may try various substances such as alcohol, cigarettes, prescribed drugs, household chemicals, and illegal drugs.

What are reasons for teens abusing drugs and alcohol?

There may be different reasons for teenagers using drugs and alcohol. They include:

  • May be to become a part of certain friends or groups.
  • They like the after effect of drugs or alcohol.
  • They believe it makes them more mature and grown-up.

Signs of substance abuse in teenagers

It has become very difficult for parents to know about their child’s lifestyle when children are trying to maintain with their parents. Nowadays, drug abuse in teens is the major public health issue. It is important to know the signs that your child may be abusing drugs, alcohol, or other substances. Some of the signs are given below:

  • Red eyes and health complaints, including being overly tired most of the times.
  • Lack of interest in school, skipping classes or school, and a sudden drop in grades.
  • New friends who are least interested in their school activities as well as families.
  • Chemical-soaked papers or rags, which may mean that your child is inhaling vapors.

Health & other risks of drug abuse

Drug abuse can cause various serious problems such as poor performance at school, problems at home, lack of friends, and lasting legal problems. Drug and alcohol abuse is a major cause of teen death or injury because of car crashes, suicide, drowning, and violence.

Drug abuse can increase the risk of pregnancy and sexually transmitted infections (STIs), such as HIV, because of unprotected sex.

Even normal use of certain drugs can lead to severe health issues, including brain damage or an overdose.

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breast cancer symptoms: lumps & bumps shouldn’t be ignored


The sooner a disease or disorder is detected, the more chances of getting it treated.  Especially, when the disease is as lethal as cancer, detecting the early symptoms may reduce the risk factors to a much extent.

But, often most of us ignore unusual swellings in the body, only later we realize that these inflammations needed much attention than ignorance. Any sort of swelling, lumps, and bumps shouldn’t be under-looked as they may be the initial symptoms of an underlying problem.

Early symptoms of breast cancer

Some of the most common signs of breast cancer include the formation of lump/lumps in the breast and also, development of a painless, hard mass in the breast having irregular edges. In some cases, breast cancer appears as red or thickened skin rather than a lump.

Other common symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • Swelling in breast
  • Nipple retraction (nipple turning inwards)
  • Pain in breast or in nipple
  • Discharge from nipple (not milk)
  • Redness of breast or of the nipple
  • Skin irritation or dimpling

Are all lumps needed to worry about?

No, you don’t have to pay much attention about all limbs. Small swellings (less than a centimeter), which has been present for years should not be of much worry. Also, lumps from a trauma or acute injury or an infectious process need to be differentiated from those with malignant potentials.

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