Why Do People Use Psychoactive Drugs

WHY DO PEOPLE USE 

PSYCHOACTIVE SUBSTANCES

 

  • Influences of other people
  • Popular media
  • Escape and self-medication
  • Boredom
  • Rebellion
  • Instant gratification
  • Lack of confidence
  • Misinformation

 

Risk Factors

Circumstances or events that increase a child’s use of abuse of drugs.  The more likely a child may be to use drugs and develop problems. Risk factors for drug use include:
  • Low grades or failure in school
  • Victim of bullying or cyberbullying
  • Low self esteem
  • Permissive parenting
  • Parent or older sibling drug/alcohol use
  • Living in a community with a high tolerance for smoking, drinking, or drug use among youth
  • Attending a school without strict rules for tobacco, alcohol, or drugs and inconsistent enforcement for breaking those rules
  • Belief that there is little risk in using a drug.
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