Attitude survey conducted with regards to substance abuse and drug use in Americans aged 12 and above brought to light some interesting statistics. While there has been a decline in many forms of addictions and substance abuse, some alarming facts regarding the usage of marijuana and the perceived harm it can cause were uncovered as a result of this survey. Mentioned here are some interesting statistics from the survey.
- The extent of drug addiction among children can be determined by the fact that by the time kids reach 8th grade, as many as 16.5% of them have already used marijuana while 15% of them have already smoked. In addition, 28% have tried alcohol.
- If you thought that smoking was the biggest threat for high school seniors, you probably need to rethink. As compared to the 16.3% school seniors who smoked in the year 2013, 22.7% were those who used marijuana.
- The alarming fact in context of marijuana consumption however, is that as many as 60% of school seniors did not even view the regular use of marijuana as harmful. In addition to the 54% of school seniors who did not view the regular use of steroids as harmful.
- Among these high school seniors who used marijuana, 6.5% were known to use it on a daily basis.
- 2013 also witnessed the increased use of Adderall, which is a medicine prescribed to ADHD patients. Between 2009 and 2013, the use of this medicine as a drug among high school seniors has increased from 5.4% to 7.5%.
- Teenage group is also vulnerable to prescription drugs. More teen deaths were reported due to these drugs compared to the combined deaths caused by cocaine and heroin. 75% of the prescription drugs in the world are taken in the United States.
- Another alarming fact about prescription drug abuse by teenagers was that 60% of teenagers get these drugs free from their relatives and friends.
- An alarming fact for states that have imposed medical marijuana laws was that about one-third of the teenagers living in these areas were known to obtain marijuana by using fake prescriptions.
- An encouraging fact however, is that teenagers who are educated by their parents regarding the risks of drug use are 50% less likely to use drugs.
- Alcohol use among teenagers has witnessed a decline from 15.9% in 2008 to 10.2% in 2013 among 8th graders, from 28.8% in 2008 to 25.7% in 2013 among 10th graders and from 43.1% in 2008 to 39.2% in 2013 among 12th graders.
- Moreover, the binge use of alcohol, which refers to five or more drinks consumed in a row in the past two weeks, is also on the decline.
- The use of cocaine in children who are 12 and older has also dropped from 2.1 million in 2007 to 1.7 million in 2012.
- Consumption of pain-relieving medicines that are included in the prescription medications for non-medicinal use also witnessed a decline. This includes the consumption of Vicodin among all age groups of kids. Its consumption has decreased from 7.5% in 2012 to 5.3% in 2013 among high school seniors. Use of another pain reliever known as OxyContin also saw a drop from 4.7% in 2008 to 3.6% in 2013 among 12th graders.
- An increasing concern was the non-medicinal use of amphetamines, which witnessed an increase from 6.8% in 2008 to 8.7% in 2013 among 12th graders.
- Hookah usage has also witnessed a consistent increase among 12th graders since 2010.
Teen smoking is also on the decline with the use of cigarettes among the age group 12 to 17 years going down from 13% in 2002 to 6.6% in 2012. Moreover, the smoking trend among Americans who are aged 12 or above witnessed a decline from 26% in 2002 to 22% in 2012.
It was uncovered in the findings of this survey that children whose parents educate them about the risks of the drug intake are 50% less likely to use drugs. Therefore, parents need to pay more attention to this avenue of their children’s education to ensure that they stay away from drugs and substance abuse. Only then will drug addiction truly be curbed.
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