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Fighting against adolescents’ vulnerability to drug addiction

There is an ever increasing drug intake for young adults than ever before, and it has become apparent that drugs are much more dangerous for youth than they are for adults.

It is clear that drug addiction is a chronic disease and understanding that the age at which people start using drugs can have a lasting negative impact on the brains development.

Recent studies have found that there is clear medical evidence that adolescent drug users have a higher risk of developing addictions as adults. This is because the human brain is still developing until we are in our 20s, and drug use during adolescent can adversely affect this neurodevelopment.

Young adults who flood their brains with chemicals do lasting damage at a very critical age of neurodevelopment. These drugs are powerful neuromodulators that modify the function of brain circuits. These changes can also take place even after the drugs are cleared from the body. They can manifest in adulthood as a host of emotional problems. During adolescence in particular (ages 10-19), the regions of the brain that control emotion, cognition, decision making and impulse control mature.

The effect of early drug use has been well documented in humans and animal models. Studies have shown that 25% of youth who misuse prescription drugs by the age of 13 will develop substance use problems, compared with 7% of those who start after 21. Similarly, 15.2% of kids who drink by the age of 14, become alcoholics later in life, compared to 2.1% of those who start drinking after 21.

It is important to ensure you and your friends are protected by preventing drug use during your teenage years and therefore must be a priority in our fight against addiction. CHYPS plus health care based in Hackney, has successfully proven in the fight against drug addiction in young teens just like yourself.

The health service has worked alongside young people aged between 11 and 19 to provide help and support for those who feel pressured and vulnerable at school or socially. CHYPS open door policy, allows you to access their services with confidentiality.  

CHYPS plus confidentiality statement and friendly staff has given young people the opportunity to come forward and discuss their problems openly without hesitating, bringing the community and other young adults life yourselves together to make changes for the better.

For more information, please visit CHYPS plus website on www.chypsplus.nhs.uk