8 More Popular Teen Drugs : That Parents Should Know About

Are you a parent of a teen who’s secretive about where they’re hanging out and with whom? Have you been seeing drug paraphernalia in their room? Is your teen getting bad grades and losing interest in their regular activities? Or…

Are you just worried that one day your teen may be tempted, with the aid of peer pressure, to try “recreational” drugs?

If you’ve answered to any of these questions affirmatively, you may need to learn more about drug experimentation in teens. However, it’s important to take into account that differentiating between the signs of adolescence and actual drug use can be challenging.

But, what matters is to maintain an active conversation with your children and find out what’s causing the changes in behaviour.

The right communication to learn more needs to be based on understanding and compassionate questions, regardless of how nervous, afraid or disappointed you may be, according to Addiction Centre, an informational web guide for those struggling with substance abuse and co-occurring behavioral and mental health disorders.

In a previous report, we’ve discussed the most popular teen drugs currently; however, parents need to be aware that trends change and even though they may be less known, there are other types of drugs that have become more popular among teens today.

The problem may arise when parents believe to refuse that their teen is growing and that there will be situations when he/she may be tempted to try drugs. Whether it’s peer pressure or human curiosity, we can’t entirely shield our children from the outside world and the world of drugs.

But, what we can do is help them learn about the disastrous effects of drugs and how to make good choices.

The challenge is to accept that we can’t make drugs disappear or to follow our teens’ every move and educate them about drugs and alcohol by staying informed ourselves.

Asking the right questions, offering information about why drugs are bad, and avoiding judgmental and harsh language can be of great aid.

Nonetheless, to be able to give good advice and help your children thrive in a world where drug users are considered ‘cool’ and ‘woke’ and where drugs and alcohol are used to feel better, you need to be well informed.

To this end, we’ve decided to share 8 more drugs that are commonly abused by teens and why. Check them out below…

8 Popular Teen Drugs Parents Should Know About  

1. Vaping/e-cigarettes

According to the National Institutes of Health, a new survey has discovered an alarming increase in the number of teens in America who tried vaping last year.

The study also suggests that vaping may lead to an increase in nicotine use in teenagers.

Vaping is when a person uses a battery-powered device also known as an e-cigarette which heats up a liquid into a vapour which is inhaled. This vapour may contain nicotine which is addictive, flavouring, and numerous other chemicals.

Though vaping is often presented by the media and manufacturers as the less harmful option than regular tobacco, this isn’t the case.

In fact, nicotine exposure while young puts children at a higher risk of addiction and impeded brain growth. Also, the chemicals and toxins which are inhaled may be cancerous.

Your teen may be attracted by the marketable tech and a variety of flavourings present in these vaping devices, according to Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse at NIH.

This is why it’s crucial to explain to our teens the potential effects on their health and development and the high risk of addiction from vaping.

2. Rohypnol- roofie

This pill is often linked with date rape and a lot of teen girls and women report rape after the rapist slipped them the pill in their drink.

Since this drug causes anterograde amnesia, one can’t remember what happened while on the drug. This further impedes the revealing of any details when the woman reports the rape.

In some countries, this pill is available for those who have problems with sleeping like insomnia; however, elsewhere, it’s illegal.

In addition to memory loss, this drug can also trigger dizziness, upset stomach, and drowsiness, as well as excessive excitement or aggressiveness.

This drug can also be abused, and according to data by the National Drug Intelligence Center, the typical abuser is a male between the ages of 13 and 30.

Men particularly use Rohypnol in party occasions or raves to enhance the sounds and sights or just to relax and reduce stress.

Every hit of this pill can cause major damage and prolonged exposure can cause overwhelming feelings and even seizures when cutting it back.

The problem can become even worse if they tend to mix it with alcohol or even other drugs.

This may further scare the teen and thus, they will avoid sobriety because it’s not safe.

Therapy for abuse of Rohypnol is designed to unveil the hidden causes behind the use- maybe to feel more comfortable in crowds or to cover up a social skill they don’t have.

As noted by Newport Academy, healing centres for young adults that have been creating treatment programs for more than 10 years, a teen who’s abusing this drug may show symptoms like nausea, bloodshot eyes, slurry speech, acting or looking very exhausted or drunk, not able to recall actions, inability to move or to communicate, etc.

3. Ketamine

According to Castle Craig, a rehab centre from the UK for treatment of alcohol, drug, and other addictions in the United Kingdom and Europe, the abuse of ketamine is recognized as a severe issue among youngsters.

This drug is ranked as the 6th most dangerous substance according to a report by Lancet and it has the reputation of a club drug as it’s frequently abused by young people at clubs, raves, and other parties.