Facts Relating to Substance Abuse

By | Apr 22, 2008

One out of every four deaths (that’s 1/4 or a quarter) in the United States can be attributed to alcohol, tobacco, or illicit drug use.

By eighth grade, 52 percent of teenagers have consumed alcohol, 41 percent have smoked cigarettes, and 20 percent have used marijuana.

For American women age 60 and over, substance abuse and addiction to cigarettes, alcohol, and psychoactive prescription drugs are at epidemic levels.

Approximately 9.6% of 12th graders surveyed in 2007 reported annual (past year) use of Vicodin without a doctor’s orders.

66.5 percent of Seniors in the High School Class of 2006 surveyed reported that they had alcohol in the past year. 45.3% during the prior 30 days.

84.9 percent of Seniors in the High School Class of 2006 surveyed reported they could obtain drugs fairly easily or very easily.


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