Today we are presenting you the second chapter of EDU MAP’s reference handbook for substance abuse, dedicated to identifying the main reasons for teen substance abuse.

Contrary to popular belief, drug use doesn’t solely fall under the category of mental illness, homelessness, or even low-income family upbringing. Educated teens from wealthy families and seemingly perfect lives can be vulnerable to drug abuse, as well.

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) made research that has identified some macro-level and micro-level environmental influences as key triggers for teen substance abuse. They do not act alone; they interact with personal characteristics to alter pathways to substance use and harmful use.

Thus, to take into account these pathways to substance use disorders when developing substance abuse prevention strategies.


Main reasons for substance abuse