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Americans consistently identify drug use as being one of the major problems confronting this nation’s school systems.
Drug use among young people is ten times more prevalent than parents suspect.
Drug use among young people is not confined to specific geographical areas or any certain economic background.
Although the drug trade is controlled by adults, the immediate source of drugs for most students is other students.
Easy access and availability of alcohol, tobacco, and illicit drugs make it difficult to keep young people out of harm ’s way.
Young people who smoke tobacco are more likely than others to drink heavily later on or use drugs. Successfully keeping young people from smoking may help to prevent the use of other drugs.
Young people who use alcohol or drugs are more likely to become victims or perpetrators of violence.
Young people who use alcohol or drugs are more likely to engage in unplanned and unprotected sex.
Young people who use alcohol and drugs are more likely to experience school failure.
Young people who use alcohol and drugs are more likely to be seriously injured from driving or engaging in other risky behaviors.
According to the 1998 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, twenty-
By age 13, half of the nation’s teens say they can buy marijuana, and 43 percent say they can buy acid, cocaine, and heroin.
Fewer young people see harm in using drugs. (This fact is very alarming since understanding the dangers of drug use is one of the greatest deterrents of its use by young people.)
Drug use is closely tied to our young people being truant and dropping out of school.
The United States has the highest rate of teenage drug use of any nation in the industrialized world.
Cases of Heroin, Ecstasy, Oxycontin, and Synthetic Drug Use are on the Rise with America’s Youth
New research suggests that pain relievers such as Oxycontin could lead to heroin use if not taken according to the recommended dosage. The U. S. Customs Office released figures that showed a rise of astounding proportions in the amount of Ecstasy coming into the United States. In 1999 Customs seized 3.5 million Ecstasy tablets. That figure jumped to an alarming 9.3 million tablets in 2000. 2001 figures are running at figures equal to those of 2000. In 1989 twenty-
Youth and Alcohol: A Deadly Combination
Alcohol is the number one drug problem among youth. Alcohol is easily available, widely accepted, and extensively promoted within our society, making alcohol the most used and abused drug in America. By the time a young person reaches eighteen years of age, two out of three will be occasional users of alcohol. By age eighteen, one in twenty youths will be daily users. Four out of ten seniors will be considered heavy drinkers, consuming five or more drinks in a row at least once every two weeks. Alcohol-
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