Drug use among teens is a serious issue. Addictive habits begun during
one's youth can be that much more difficult to break later on in life.
Drug use in particular can be damaging not only to one's health, but
also carries with it criminal penalties.
There are a number of reasons why Bergen County teens experiment with drugs.
Chief among them is peer pressure. They see or hear of their friends using
different types of drugs and feel that they must also try them in order
to fit in. Other teens may be going through painful or stressful times
at school or at home and turn to drug use as a coping mechanism. Whatever
the reason, when teens are caught and arrested for using drugs, they face
damage to their reputations and their futures along with any criminal
penalties that the drug charges may carry.