Hello everyone. I am a freshman attending St. Johns University and in my English composition class we were given an assignment to write about a problem in society and possible solutions for it. I choose drug abuse in teens because I can relate to this topic and have experienced the negative consequences that come from drug abuse with my peers. In 2003 more than 7.5 million individuals aged 12 to 17 reported having used an illicit drug at least once in their lifetime. In the same year students in grades nine through twelve indicated that 40.2 percent of respondents had used marijuana, 12.1 percent had used inhalants, 11.1 percent had used MDMA (also known as ecstasy), 8.7 percent had used cocaine, 7.6 percent had used methamphetamine, 6.1 percent had illegally used steroids, 3.3 percent had used heroin, and 3.2 percent had injected an illegal drug one or more times during their lifetime. These alarming facts should not be ignored anymore. I thought of possible solutions as setting up programs in high schools where you can turn in drug dealers for a reward and remain confidential from the general public. At first I was skeptical about this idea, but my high school implemented this program and I found that it worked very effective. Another problem taking over the country is the addiction to prescription pills. I am not trying to tell parents what to do being that I am not a parent myself but do you think parents should keep a stricter eye on the easily accessible medicine cabinet. Even if your children arent using pills they are at such a high demand they may be taking them to gain profit to suffice for their other habits like alcohol or marijuana. Please express your feelings on possible solutions for this ongoing problem of abuse.