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Is there an association between grades and school and whether or not a teen will abuse drugs?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Pediatrics - Psychiatry
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In brief: Not a tight one

High-performing students sometimes feel under so much pressure that they turn to drugs to "relax"; low-performing students may use them because "no one cares.
" casual use of drugs doesn't necessary cause problems, but it is quite rare for students who begin using drugs heavily to be able to maintain a high academic performance.

In brief: Not a tight one

High-performing students sometimes feel under so much pressure that they turn to drugs to "relax"; low-performing students may use them because "no one cares.
" casual use of drugs doesn't necessary cause problems, but it is quite rare for students who begin using drugs heavily to be able to maintain a high academic performance.
Dr. Glen Elliott
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In brief: No

Like anything else, it depends on multiple factors.
"abusing drugs, " in this context, implies a "drug problem." drug use, in and of itself, is not a problem. Like "hearing voices, " in and of itself, is not a problem. Psychiatric problems are a problem when they...Well...Become a problem. You can "hear voices" all day long. But, if they are nice and helpful, is that so bad?

In brief: No

Like anything else, it depends on multiple factors.
"abusing drugs, " in this context, implies a "drug problem." drug use, in and of itself, is not a problem. Like "hearing voices, " in and of itself, is not a problem. Psychiatric problems are a problem when they...Well...Become a problem. You can "hear voices" all day long. But, if they are nice and helpful, is that so bad?
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