Substance Abuse & Teen Crime: Is There a Connection?


Everyone knows that substance abuse among teens is a serious problem that must be dealt with, but do we really understand why? One study showed that about half of adolescents have abused an illicit drug at least once by the time they enter 12th grade. The temptation to try drugs is strong for many high school students, but even just one go around can have lifelong consequences.

Taking a closer look at some of these consequences can increase the urgency to prevent teen substance abuse and provide a better idea of what we're up against.

High School Drop-Out?

Academics are perhaps one of the first areas to be impacted by drug use in teens. Research has clearly linked a low level of commitment to education with substance abuse among adolescents, whether that manifests itself in poor grades, absenteeism, or dropping out of school altogether. The more often teens do drugs, the more their schooling will suffer as a result.

Health & Wellness

It is no secret that substance abuse dramatically affects a teen's health, and not just physically, either. Drugs can cause depression, developmental lags, and withdrawal from friends and family. These psychological issues can be pervasive and only worsen with increased substance use.

What about Crime Rates?

Many students feel that drug crimes are relatively insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but this could not be further from the truth. Teens who do drugs are often tempted to 'test the waters' in other areas and this can lead to delinquent behavior. Juvenile offenses have serious ramifications, including fines, mandatory substance abuse counseling, and even time behind bars.

While these are just three areas, the ramifications of substance abuse in teens are many and should not be ignored. Law enforcement in Colorado is intentional about penalizing offenders, so it is imperative that you take action if you have been charged with even a misdemeanor offense.

Contact a Denver drug crimes attorney at Castle & Castle to find out how we can help you.

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