Adolescent substance abuse can also have serious physical consequences including increased risk of injuries due to accidents, learning and memory difficulties, mental health issues and sleep disorders. Commonly used “party drugs” such as cocaine and ecstasy can cause heart failure, strokes and seizures. Large amounts of alcohol can cause liver damage and ulcers and marijuana can trigger behavioral health issues such as psychosis, hallucination, or paranoia.
Nate Moellering is also a community outreach coordinator at Allendale Treatment and Fort Wayne Recovery and says that drugs consumed by teenagers who are looking to party may contain other substances in them that they are unaware of. “Fentanyl is commonly found in other drugs such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamines and ecstasy so teenagers may be unknowingly consuming and developing a tolerance for fentanyl without realizing it,” says Moellering. “It also puts them at an increased risk for overdosing.”