Educate Teens on Drug Abuse.
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A problem that our schools in Los Angeles are currently facing is drug use among teens, many of these teens feel peer pressure to do such things to feel good about themselves or feel better with their life in general. “Teens or pre-teens may be trying to gain attention from an inattentive parent or escape an abusive one by using drugs” (Croft, 2016).
This can later become a problem and they could end up abusing drugs and overdose which can cause death rates from drug abuse/overdose increase within teens and pre-teens. The treatment for teens who use drugs negatively effects our economy because the money they receive for their medication, which is payed by the government, is money the country is losing in worker productivity. “Exacting more than $700 billion annually in costs related to crime, lost work productivity and health care” (National Institute on Drug Abuse “Costs of Substance Abuse”).
For this reason we want to make sure they are aware of the negative affects this has in them, and the people around them such as their family members, their friends, and their community, which can make them realize of how what they've been doing (If they're addicted to drugs) is bad and if they're ever thinking about doing it, they'll realize they shouldn't do it at all.
We believe people should sign our petition of making full drug/health classes (as a requirement) available for the early high school years like 9th & 10th graders so these coming generations are aware of how they are being affected and how they affect their surroundings, also they can find different, healthy ways, of being able to get a better solution to whatever problems they are having like addiction, or depression, or family problems.
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