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Drug Use and Privileged Teens

Posted on April 26, 2014 in Teen Drug Addiction

Drug Use and Privileged Teens

Society would have us believe that money really is what makes the world go round. That’s why, upon seeing a story of celebrities or the rich ruining their lives through drug abuse, we implicitly wonder what anyone who can buy everything they want could possibly be depressed about. How could they continue being so maladjusted when they will likely never experience the “how can I pay the bills and buy food?” stresses that plague the lower classes? This quandary is cemented by the findings that privileged teens score worse on tests of substance abuse than those of low socioeconomic status and are also more likely to drink and abuse drugs: why does an affluent upbringing seem to produce teens who are more likely to struggle with addiction?

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