Addiction Research & Reports
The report painted a frightening picture of illegal drug use among America's younger teenagers and revealed that the percentage of 12-year-olds who knew a friend or classmate who had used illegal drugs like acid, cocaine or heroin had jumped by 122% from 1996 to 1997.
This survey was the first to have included teachers and school principals as well as middle and high school students and their parents, and assessed their attitudes towards substance abuse in our nation's schools.
The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse’s findings supported the general impression that a substantial percentage of America’s public housing residents were seriously affected by substance abuse.
The survey found support for Proposition 215 to be waning as awareness of the proposition was increasing.
The results of this survey revealed that the high school years were likely to be the toughest for American teens in avoiding cigarettes, alcohol and other drug use and addiction. After age 14 there was a dramatic change in how children viewed cigarettes, alcohol and other drugs, and in how their world was filled with such substances.
This study found an enormous chasm between what medical and scientific experts know about women and addiction and what is known and acted on by women, their families and friends, their doctors and other health professionals.
In 1994, substance abuse and addiction cost New York City at least $20 billion.
The report found that any relaxation in standard of illegality posed a clear and present danger to our nation’s children and their ability to learn and grow into productive citizens.
Report revealed that adolescents believed that drugs were the biggest problem they faced, that most kids were forced to choose whether or not to use drugs before graduating from high school, and that Americans believed that too little was being done about illegal drugs and supported increases in prevention and treatment.
It found that $77.6 billion in federal entitlement spending—an amount equivalent to more than 40% of the entire estimated federal deficit for that year—was associated with substance abuse
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