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Teens

You have the power to stand up against negative influences. Here's everything you need to know about alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs.

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Alcohol

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The national legal drinking age is 21 years old and older. Although there are some teens who drink, the truth is that the majority don't! Only about a third of 15-year-olds have ever had a drink, and only 20.3% of 12- to 20-year-olds reported having a drink in the last 30 days.

 

 

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Alcohol and the Body
Alcohol is a drug that has an effect on every organ in the body. Here are some of the issues alcohol can cause on major organs in the body:

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Myths vs. Facts

  • Myth: Alcohol is legal so it's not as dangerous as other drugs.
  • Fact: Alcohol increases your risk of being involved in an accident and increases the risk of contracting many different diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 10,497 people died in 2016  as a result of alcohol-impaired driving.

  • Myth: I can sober up quickly by drinking coffee or taking a cold shower.
  • Fact: "It takes 3 hours to eliminate the alcohol content of 2 drinks, depending on your weight. Nothing can speed up this process—not even coffee, cold showers, or energy drinks."It takes 3 hours to eliminate the alcohol content of 2 drinks, depending on your weight. Nothing can speed up this process—not even coffee, cold showers, or energy drinks."

  • Myth: Beer and wine don't have as much alcohol as hard liquor, so they're safer to drink.
  • Fact: "A 12 ounce bottle of beer has the same amount of alcohol as a standard shot of 80-proof liquor (either straight or in a mixed drink) or 5 ounces of wine. It’s quantity, not quality, that matters."A 12 ounce bottle of beer has the same amount of alcohol as a standard shot of 80-proof liquor (either straight or in a mixed drink) or 5 ounces of wine. It’s quantity, not quality, that matters."
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Local Laws
Drinking alcohol before turning 21 can land you in trouble with the law. Here are some Nebraska laws you should know:

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What Can You Do?

  • Make good decisions.
  • Never get into a car with someone who's been drinking.
  • Report underage drinking or adults/businesses providing at 1-866-MUST-B-21 (1-866-687-8221).
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Marijuana

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Marijuana is not harmless. Using marijuana when you are young may have long-term consequences for your brain. Marijuana use can cause structural and functional changes in the brain, hostility and poor impulse control, difficulty with learning and memory, and a shortened attention span.

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A Few Other Important Facts...

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What You Can Do

  • Know the facts about Marijuana and make smart decisions about it.
  • Stand up to negative influences.
  • Be a positive influence on others.

 

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Prescription Drugs

 

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Painkillers are among the most commonly abused prescription drugs. Without a doctor's prescription and supervision, short- and long-term use of prescription painkillers can lead to dangerous side effects, including accidental overdose. In fact, even though prescription painkiller misuse is decreasing amongst teens, deaths from these prescription drugs are higher than ever.

Some people mistakenly believe that prescription stimulants, such as Adderall and Ritalin, can give them energy, help them focus, and help them perform better in school. But if they haven't been diagnosed with a condition that requires taking these drugs, stimulant misuse can lead to side effects that are both dangerous and deadly. When taken at high doses, stimulants can cause "a dangerously high body temperature, an irregular heartbeat, heart failure, and seizures."dangerously high body temperature, an irregular heartbeat, heart failure, and seizures." Mixing prescription stimulants with alcohol can lead to serious cardiovascular problems and may even cause a heart attack.

Stimulants can be addictive. The more a person takes, the easier it is to get hooked. The risks of taking stimulants for a long period of time include depression, paranoia, cardiovascular damage, and seizures. Prescription drugs are prescribed by a doctor for a reason. They have potentially dangerous side effects and can be fatal if taken in the wrong combination.

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What You Can Do:

  • Know the facts about prescription drugs and make smart decisions about them.
  • Don't share your prescription drugs with others.
  • Don't take pills given to you by friends.
  • Always follow your doctor's instructions for how to take your prescriptions.

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