Marijuana use among teens and young adults is rising in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, approximately 21 percent of kids aged 12-17 admit to having tried marijuana. Additionally, nearly 10 percent of young adults ages 12 years and older report using illicit drugs in the past month. And, the abuse of prescription medications, such as Adderall and Vicodin, is growing more popular among young adults and college students. With such troubling statistics, it's imperative that parents become aware of any warning signs in their kids, and intervene as early as possible to keep kids from developing potentially life-threatening addictions.
Is your teen using illicit drugs? Here are five tell-tale signs to watch out for:
1. Behavioral changes with no clear reason, such as suddenly acting withdrawn or secretive, or becoming hostile.
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2. A change in friend group.
3. A decline in academic performance.
4. A loss of interest in favorite activities.
5. Changes in eating or sleeping habits.
The Doctors note that teens have become savvier in regard to hiding drugs and drug paraphernalia within plain sight. Watch the clip below to see the latest tools and tricks your teen may be using: