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First Time Drug Use Statistics and Facts

Drug addiction has been on the rise for many years and now includes children as young as 12. There are a lot of different drugs being used, including many that are household products. With drug dealers on every corner and prescriptions readily available, anyone that wants to can get their hands on the type of drug they desire. One of the biggest problems is with people who experiment with different drugs. The majority of people, especially teenagers, think that just one time won't do any damage. This definitely is not the case and doing drugs one time can mean becoming addicted and developing internal damages.

Drug Use Statistics

  • Ecstasy use is on the rise. Hundreds of thousands of new people experiment with this drug each and every year. Although awareness is on the rise as well, this hasn't changed the fact that there are new drug users each day.
  • Hundreds of thousands of kids under the age of 12 try cigarettes each year.
  • 2.7 million people try drugs for the first time every year.
  • The average age for first time inhalant use is 17.
  • The average age for first time marijuana use is 17 years.
  • The average age for first time use for cocaine is 20 years old.
  • The average age for first time ecstasy use is 20 years old.
  • Over 6,000 people try marijuana for the first time every night.
  • Marijuana is the most popular first time drug for kids 12 and over.

These statistics are shocking to most people who think that drug use isn't such a big deal. Even children are starting to develop drug addictions soon after trying them out for the very first time. Each year the number of kids and adults who try out drugs are on the rise, which is why awareness is so important. Statistics have the ability to change when more people now the consequences of trying drugs, even for the first time.

Dangers of First Time Drug Use

Using drugs, even just once, can result in death in some cases. This can be a result of a chemical reaction in the body or doing dangerous things because you have no inhibitions. While not everyone who does drugs for the first time will pass away, this does happen to thousands of people per year. There are also thousands of cases where first time drug users end up in the emergency room in critical condition. You never know what is going to happen to your body or your brain when you are under the influence of drugs.

Some drugs can cause permanent brain damage when they are used for the first time. This can result in problems with cognitive abilities, motor functions and a lot of other things. For example, ecstasy done just once can damage the brain cells permanently because they become starved of essential nutrients.

First time drug use can cause you to make bad decisions that can change your future. This is why STDs are so common in the drug community. When users are under the influence of drugs they aren't thinking about who they are sleeping with or using protection. Sometimes this can even result in contracting HIV-AIDS.

Using dirty needles can also result in developing infections and diseases. Just one dirty needle can get someone extremely sick for the rest of their lives. Even if you trust the person who has the needle, you don't know whether or not it's clean. It is best to avoid any drugs all together because of all the risks.

Addiction is always a risk, even when using drugs for the very first time. A big reason for this is because the user feels completely different when they are on the drugs. Most people won't feel the crash after their first time because their body isn't yet feeling withdrawal symptoms from quitting the drug. When first time users enjoy the way they feel while on drugs they are likely to return back to them in the future.

Overdosing is another big risk when using drugs initially. When you're not used to taking drugs you don't know how they will affect you. This could mean possibly taking too much because you don't know your limits or how you are supposed to feel. Unfortunately, this can easily result in an emergency room visit or even death.

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