What are the issues that most concern teenagers today? What do you believe the future holds in store for your generation?

Teenagers today face many problems related to coping with life. The issues that most concern our generation are drugs and alcohol, teen suicide, teen pregnancy and the horrible, life-threatening diseases of AIDS and anorexia.

Drugs and alcohol are at most high school social events. To remain drug-free, many teens refuse any beverage offered them. Suicide is a major cause of teenage deaths in America. AIDS and anorexia did not even exist when our parents grew up. Critics say AIDS will hit our generation the hardest, and teen pregnancy is as high as it ever was, so it is no wonder that so many teens get depressed. The future for our generation is "scary" unless we learn to cope with life in other ways besides drugs, alcohol, sex and suicide. KIM TEGELER High Point

Although every generation faces many of the same problems disguised in different forms, young people of today have deviated from traditional concerns and created an entirely new one. Ironically, the greatest threat to American society has been ignored by a vast majority, and the greatest concern to America's future adults and leaders has become the widespread lack of concern.

Taking for granted the luxuries that life in this country afford is an affliction of not only the rich. Everywhere can be found large clusters of teenagers who attend schools not to learn, but to socialize; students who direct their goals not toward creating a way of life better than that of their parents, but toward finding parties better than those of last weekend.

While young Americans confuse their priorities and place education on the back burner, students elsewhere on the globe prepare their minds and perfect their skills to adjust to rapid technological advancement. Trilingual foreign exchange students (who have learned to speak three languages before many of us have even mastered our own) find visits to the lackadaisical classrooms of our nation relaxing vacations.

A general sentiment of international dominance and immortality prevails among Uncle Sam's children, yet this younger generation is not being required to perform in a way that will enable them to retain such a sense of power in later years. American education is turning flabby and lazy. If the country does not shape up its school systems and its citizens do not adopt a healthier attitude, the land of the free will find out the hard way that it is not immortal. NANCY LAWSON Bowie

The most frightening situation facing the youth of our nation is drugs. Whether our young are using, selling or killing for them, drugs are destroying our future leaders.

Drug use can begin in many ways. Natural human curiousity prompts many young people to try drugs. They may say, "I only wanna try it once. One time won't do anything to me." This is very far from the truth. Some people start using drugs because of peer pressure. But whatever people may say, it is never safe.

Drugs are also killing our youth in a different way. Kids are obtaining guns and killing, many times, for drugs. This is a crisis which must be dealt with immediately. We cannot ignore the killing.

Drugs are a menace to our youth as well as to our society as a whole. We must work hard to get the drugs off our streets and get the drug users the help they need. CHRIS GOODING McNamara

People would be surprised at the issues that concern teenagers today. One issue is drunk driving. This concern can be seen in the actions teenagers take in order to alert people to the dangers of such behavior. Joining groups such as SADD {Students Against Drunk Driving}, can help change the drinking behavior of young people by convincing them that they are endangering their own lives and the lives of others.

Another issue that teenagers are concerned with is world peace. They want to be able to grow up in a world safe from nuclear destruction. Opportunities to communicate with teenagers in foreign lands may help us to understand one another, but we need to influence our leaders to work toward a peaceful way to live together in this world.

I believe the future holds stricter drunk driving laws. This will result in a more peaceful community. The future will also do away with nuclear arms. This will result in a more peaceful world. That is something everyone wants. JENNIFER ROSS Elizabeth Seton

The issues that most concern teenagers today are extremely important to American life, compelling our generation to develop into one of great intelligence and excellent leadership. These problems will eventually be solved by my generation.

Firstly, teenagers are mainly concerned about the AIDS virus, which has taken far too many lives. Teenagers feel that much more money should be allotted by the federal government to the research of a cure for this deadly disease.

Secondly, drugs, which have affected this society tremendously, are a major concern of teenagers. The distribution of drugs has to cease by means of hiring more police officers to patrol the streets. Furthermore, when a drug dealer has been arrested, this person should not be allowed back on the street for several years.

Also, the threat of nuclear war concerns teenagers tremendously. Teenagers understand that a dispute by our nation with another can cause a nuclear war, ultimately leaving no survivors.

Teenagers' viewpoints on the important issues of today display a sense of hope for my generation's future. Because my generation is pondering the state of our society now, we will flourish into one of great leadership and intelligence. We will find a solution for these problems in the future. HOWARD HEARD Forestville

There are many issues that teenagers are concerned with today. Among them are, "What college should I attend?," "What will I major in?," "Do I want to get married?," "Should I drink?," "Should I do drugs?," "Should I have sex?" and "Will I get pregnant or get AIDS?"

Because of the desensitization of today's society, a lot of these things are done without giving them a second thought.

The future holds a more drastic deterioration in the values and morals of today; values which are already very scarce. There are many things that are done today that would have been unheard of ten years ago. Unwed girls are having children, drug dealers are becoming more numerous and violent, teenagers are killing other teenagers over petty material items and trustworthy people turn out to be thieves. And to think that it is getting worse is earth-shattering. This world will be a very unpleasant place to live. JENNIFER PETERSEN Eleanor Roosevelt

One of the major issues facing teenagers today is the widespread use of drugs. There is not one day that you can open up a major newspaper or even a small weekly newspaper and not see an article related to drug use. A major portion of the articles also involve youth. Is drug use going to become even more of an epidemic than it already is, or is there hope for the future? If we are ever going to see an end to this force that has destroyed so many youth, it is going to take some real dedication -- not only from the youth, but also from all parties involved. Programs must be instituted that show the youth how to deal with the pressures of adolescence. Peer groups which provide positive reinforcement, instead of negative values, must be brought into a strong family structure. With everyone's help, today's youth will live to be tomorrow's leaders. HUOT IN Northwestern

A primary concern for teenagers today is the pressure that is placed upon them by our modern society. Parents, friends and educators place unreasonable expectations on teenagers. These expectations, which are usually met by the teenagers, put tremendous pressures on young people. Society's "life in the fast lane" contributes to a lack of guidance and communication between parents and teenagers. As a result, many teenagers are turning to their peers for advice. All of this contributes to teens becoming involved with drugs, alcohol, sexual promiscuity and suicide.

It is extremely important that adults provide the love and guidance that is so desperately needed by teenagers. JOANNA SCHWERING Laurel Topic for March 10:

Who are the individuals teenagers admire most and why? What are the qualities teenagers look for in role models today?

Responses should be no more than 150 words in length and typed or written legibly. All submissions should include the student's name, school, age and grade.

Responses should be addressed to: Weekly High School Section The Washington Post 1150 15th St. NW Washington, D.C. 20071 Deadline for responses is Monday, Feb. 29.