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Drugs and Young People


Drug abuse is a serious public health problem. It affects almost every community and family in some way. Drug abuse in children and teenagers may pose a greater hazard than in older people. This is because their brains are not yet fully developed. As a result, the brains of young people may be more susceptible to drug abuse and addiction than adult brains.

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There are different types of treatment for drug abuse. But it is better to prevent drug abuse in the first place.

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