Why drug abuse prevalance with most teenagers?
Drug abuse by most teenagers in less developed countries is always increasing in number in each and every year. Why, this is because most of these youths are exposed to vulnerable activities. This is most experienced in urban areas where these teens watch films which at times lead them to follow or immitate the film actors.
Besides the causes of drug abuse through watching films by these teens, poverty and hunger has been seen as one of the most causes of drug abuse by teenagers. In Zimbabwe, most teenagers have resorted to roaming around the Harare city centre begging for food or looking for food left-overs thrown in dust bins. I have personally witnessed some of them sniffing glu and smoking dagga popularly known as mbanje in our local language. Why this has been like this is because of lack of parental support in feeding the teenagers or due to death of both parents hence nobody to look after them.
On the other hand, school drop-outs at both primary and secondary levels have really impacted on the drug abuse by teenagers. After having droped out of school under the age of twenty (20) most teenagers are poised to trying to use drugs for the sake of entertaining themselves. This is usually caused by the negligence of parents by wilfully or negligently letting their kids drop out of school without taking any measures to let them go back to school.
Also, civil unrests in most less developed countries have caused most of the teenagers to resort to drug trufficking after schools have been closed due to civil wars. Most teenagers have been forced to join the civil unrests hence leaving school at tender age. By so doing they are found taking drugs to make them suit the situation and also to make them gather courage.
A hyper-inflationary environment has left most of the parents failing to send their kids to school hence letting them go and look for employment where most of them have been abused through child abuse. By so doing, they then indulge themselves into drug abuse either to make them forget about that or to encourage them to look for better means of survival.
But how then can this be solved? The answer will be in issue which will be a solution to drug abuse by teenagers.