The Chronic Consequences Essay

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Living in the third largest city in the United States, you tend to get exposed to situations not just good but bad as well. It’s inevitable. Attending a public high school, I've seen a lot of things my schoolmates were doing, in and out of school campus. Among these types of things, drug use was the leading problem I personally witnessed. Even I myself have indulged in such activities, but only out of curiosity, and eventually I ended up growing out of it. Unfortunately, the same can't be said for some of the people I knew in school. Some turned to even more dangerous drugs while others stuck to selling it for a living. It is as if they weren't aware of the consequences or the toll it can take on your life, but they are aware yet they continue as if nothing bad will happen to them. But why exactly do these teenagers choose to use drugs?
There are a lot of reasons as to why teens choose to do drugs. Some are just plain bored. Some do it to fit in. Like if your friends smoke weed and you are the only one not doing it then you will most likely join in the group to be cool with them and spend more time with them. Then there’s the ones who are simply peer pressured. Some teens hear it is a fun experience and simply want to experience it for themselves. I was one of these people. I was 16 and a sophomore in high school. A lot of my friends were smoking marijuana and eventually I became curious to see what all the fuss was about. Finally came the time I smoked with them behind a super market. They told me nothing bad was going to happen and plus I don't have an addictive personality so I decided to go for it just this one time. Although nothing bad happened, I ended up regretting it immediately. I didn't understand why everyone liked the feeling of being high. It scared me because it felt as if my mind couldn't keep up with time. Thinking about how marijuana is not as bad as other drugs, I figured if marijuana scared me, imagine what drugs like heroin or PCP can do to me. So I ensured myself I would never do drugs again. That is a vow I still follow to this day.
Sadly the same can’t be said for the other teenagers....

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