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Teen Drug Abuse FAQs

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While many young people simply experiment with drugs, about 8% of them develop an addiction. Teen drug addiction can lead to a higher risk for social problems, early death and a litany of other serious issues.

Addiction is a disease of brain motivation, reward and memory. It affects person’s impulses, conditioning them to engage in and repeat destructive behaviors despite known negative health, financial, emotional and social effects. Although this illness is chronic it can be treated.

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