What are the consequences of teen substance use?

The use of alcohol and other drugs has been linked to a variety of negative consequences, especially for youth. Substance use can lead to:

  • Physical and mental health problems: injuries, disease, depression, memory problems
  • Academic problems: absenteeism, poor grades
  • Poor peer and family relationships: social alienation
  • Legal issues: arrests
  • Violence
  • Economic problems: cost of medical and treatment services and societal costs
  • Long-term drug dependence and abuse
    • The younger someone is when they start using drugs, the more likely they are to become addicted. Alcohol and other drugs can hinder healthy adolescent brain development.
  • Death: accidents, disease, homicide, suicide


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1. How many teens in Schuyler County use alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs?
2. What are the consequences of teen substance use?
3. Why do some teens choose to drink and use other drugs?
4. What can I do to reduce teen use of alcohol and other drugs?
5. I'm worried about someone's alcohol or other drug use. Where can I find help?
6. How did SCCUDD start?
7. What does SCCUDD do?
8. How can I get involved?