Teens Are at Risk for Addiction, Experts Warn

By Staff Writer

Many parents believe that living in quiet suburban communities may shield their children from the dangers of drugs. However, experts warn that young people in these communities are just as likely to develop an addiction that requires help from drug rehab facilities as anyone.

Janet Buchbinder, of Larchmont-Mamaroneck Responsible Action: a Drug and Alcohol Resource, told the Larchmont Patch that even children as young as middle school-aged are at risk for drug abuse.

She warned that children in the suburban community outside of New York City often have extra spending money, which can make it easy for them to obtain drugs like marijuana. Furthermore, media messages too frequently tell young people that the drug is not harmful, she said.

She told the news source that parents’ busy schedules often prevent them from being able to provide adequate supervision of their children, which provides plenty of opportunity for misbehavior.

Nearly 7 percent of teenagers currently use marijuana, according to information from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Drug rehab programs can help young people overcome dependencies on the drug.