How Adolescents Use Drugs

  • Barry Glassner
  • Julia Loughlin


We have seen that the answers to the question of why adolescents use drugs vary in terms of the patterns of use; the reasons they themselves give are both social, in the case of boredom and custom, and individual, in the case of depression and self-control. Listening to adolescents talk about their drug use and their observations of others’ use immediately suggests the importance of understanding how drugs are used, that is, the social routines which define appropriate drug use and the instances in which drugs are used primarily to achieve some desired physiological change in the user.


Drug User Heavy User Special Occasion Parole Officer Daily User 
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© Barry Glassner and Julia Loughlin 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barry Glassner
    • 1
  • Julia Loughlin
    • 2
  1. 1.Syracuse UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Syracuse UniversityNew YorkUSA

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