Addiction Research & Reports
This report found that 59% of teens (and 62% of their parents) reported having dinner with their families at least 5 times a week. Compared to teens who had frequent family dinners (5 or more per week), those who had infrequent family dinners (2 or fewer) were twice as likely to have used tobacco or marijuana; more than 1.5 times likelier to have used alcohol; and twice as likely to have expected to try drugs in the future.
Compared to teens who had not seen a parent drunk, those who had were more than twice as likely to get drunk in a typical month, and 3 times likelier to have used marijuana and smoked cigarettes.
This 3-year study found that substance use and addiction cost federal, state and local governments at least $467.7 billion in 2005.
The study found that while women in the CASASARDSM demonstration program who received standard care appeared to gain employment faster than those who received intensive case management, they were not able to sustain those jobs over time.
Problem parents—those who failed to monitor their children’s school night activities, safeguard their prescription drugs, address the problem of drugs in their children’s schools and set good examples—increased the risk that their 12- to 17-year-old children will smoke, drink, use illegal drugs and misuse prescription drugs.
Despite a decline in the number of websites advertising or selling controlled prescription drugs like OxyContin and Valium, Xanax and Vicodin, and Ritalin and Adderall in the past year, 85% of websites that sold such drugs did not require a prescription.
Despite reported declines in teen marijuana use, in 2007, almost 11 million teens reported having used marijuana.
This report found that the nicotine in tobacco products poses a significant danger of structural and chemical changes in developing brains that can make teens more vulnerable to alcohol and other drug addiction and to mental illness.
This report found that 59% of teens said they had dinner with their families at least 5 times a week. Compared to teens who had frequent family dinners (5 or more per week), those who had infrequent family dinners (2 or fewer) were 3.5 times likelier to have abused prescription drugs; 3.5 times likelier to have used an illegal drug other than marijuana or prescription drugs; 3 times likelier to have used marijuana; more than 2.5 times likelier to have used tobacco; and 1.5 times likelier to have drunk alcohol, according to this survey.
80% of surveyed high school students and 44% of middle school students said they have personally witnessed illegal drug use, illegal drug dealing, illegal drug possession, students drunk and/or students high on the grounds of their school.
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