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Five Hopatcong teens facing marijuana charges

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.

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