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American Teens Getting High on Opium: Is it Cause for Fall in Teen Population?

America has begun to face another new threat of losing the most of its teen population from the overdose of Opiate drugs

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November 6, 2016: America has begun to face another new threat of losing the most of its teen population from the overdose of Opiate drugs. It has reported a drop in the population of American teens, due to Vicodin and Oxycontin medications. Right from the mid-1990’s the usage of Opium has increased in pain killing drugs. For better results in curing pain, scientists came up with the addition of the drug in medicines. But, it is having adverse long time effect on the teens of the country.

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Kids Addicted to Pain Killer Drugs

These Opiate medications which treat chronic pain resulted in about 19000 deaths till 2014. Trauma pediatric discharge records of children and teens of ages 1-19 from 1997-2012 showed the admission of these children, about 13000 of them for Opiate poisoning and 15-19 aged teens were for Heroin poisoning. Doctors say, “From 1997-2012 Opiate poisoning has doubled. And the highest admissions were for teenagers, ages 15-19. 1-4 ages of hospitalization are been increased. Heroin poisoning increased 150% during this time period.”

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Vicodin and Oxycontin- The Narcotic Trafficking

Painkilling drugs that have a high amount of Vicodin and Oxycontin are in wide circulation in  the USA. When teens and children are prescribed this medication, they often get addicted to these drugs. This has also resulted in an increase in the illegal trafficking of Narcotic drugs into the country, targeting the teen groups.

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America faced 950% increase of Methadone and Heroin abuse among its teens in the period of 1990-2012. In order to make situations better, the physicians are trying to include new alternatives for Oxycontin and Vicodin.

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American Teens Prefer Communicating Over Text to Face-to-Face Meetings, says Study

The study was conducted online among American with a sample of 1,141 young people ages 13 to 17, from March 22 to April 10

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Texting can lead to strain and injury, otherwise known as text neck. Here contestants compete in a texting championship in New York, Aug. 8, 2012. (VOA)

American teenagers are starting to prefer communicating via text instead of meeting face-to-face, according to a study published Monday by the independent organization Common Sense Media.

Some 35 percent of kids aged 13 to 17 years old said they would rather send a text than meet up with people, which received 32 percent.

The last time the media and technology-focused nonprofit conducted such a survey in 2012, meeting face-to-face hit 49 percent, far ahead of texting’s 33 percent.

More than two-thirds of American teens choose remote communication — including texting, social media, video conversation and phone conversation — when they can, according to the study.

In 2012 less than half of them marked a similar preference.

Notably, in the six-year span between the two studies the proportion of 13- to 17-year-olds with their own smartphone increased from 41 to 89 percent.

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Customers look at iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus phones at an Apple Store in San Francisco, California, Sept. 22, 2017. (VOA)

As for social networks, 81 percent of respondents said online exchange is part of their lives, with 32 percent calling it “extremely” or “very” important.

The most-used platform for this age group is Snapchat (63 percent), followed by Instagram (61 percent) and Facebook (43 percent).

Some 54 percent of the teens who use social networks said it steals attention away from those in their physical presence.

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Two-fifths of them said time spent on social media prevents them from spending more time with friends in person.

The study was conducted online among American with a sample of 1,141 young people ages 13 to 17, from March 22 to April 10. (VOA)