2 thoughts on “The Teenage Brain on Drugs

  • September 24, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I knew that teens were more likely to obtain an addiction faster than adults, but I never knew why. This article helped me to gain insight on that subject. I did not know that the human brain does not fully mature until around age 25. That was pretty shocking to me. The impulse control center is not fully developed in adolescents which makes it easier for teens to get addicted. That is why it is important to teach kids at a early age of the dangers of addictions so they will not participate in harmful activities which cause it.

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  • September 23, 2017 at 6:54 pm

    When I am learning from a textbook published in 2017, I cannot help but wonder what a textbook 50 years from now will look like. The reason I bring this up is that I have noticed a pattern in the history of research and discovery. Things that we accept as fact today and teach in our schools, took time to become accepted as such. When I read this article, it reminds me how glad I am that research continues to bring us a new understanding of how our brain develops over time. I wish we could put more emphasis on taking new understandings and discoveries in mental health and teaching them in schools at a young age.

    For example, D.A.R.E. is a great program and I remembered that it taught me drugs are bad. But what it didn’t teach me was detailed reasons why. I wish they gave reasons that are more detailed about how each drug affects you mentally the second you try it. When I tried drugs for the first time, I remember thinking that my boyfriend explained drugs to me in greater detail than any person, or D.A.R.E. rally ever did. I understood them. I was explained their chemical make-up, their taste, texture and the after effects all while watching as other friends that night were taking the drug. I had a backstage pass to the show. This was how I was introduced to drugs. This is why I think it is so important to teach these new discoveries and understanding about how drugs affect your brain as quickly, accurately and as early in school as possible in order to help stop substance abuse.

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