An interesting point that the article made (other than the main topic) was that: “…a U.S. government study found that more teenagers start drinking and smoking cigarettes and marijuana in June and July than in any other month.”
Why June and July? Is it because teens are out of school? Are there enough healthier alternatives around?
The author of the survey, Emily Feinsten said, “Preventing addiction is all about preventing teen substance use because the developing brain is more vulnerable. We really need to look at this as a health care problem rather than a behavioral problem and start screening and intervening early.”
Intervening early, sounds like a therapeutic/clinical term, but really intervening could be as simple as being able to find more things for teens to do. While a lot of these teens reported that they know of this substance use is going, how many of them chose not to do it? Given the circumstances, if there were more options that teens had, would they choose healthier ones? We’ll never know until 1) we ask them 2) find them more things to do.