Addiction Research & Reports
The analyses also found that the younger children were when they used gateway drugs, and the more often they used them, the more likely they were to use other illegal drugs.
Women who received AFDC were nearly twice as likely to have abused or have been addicted to alcohol and illicit drugs as women who had not received AFDC (27% vs 14%).
The report found that excessive college drinking is too often accepted as a “rite of passage,” nurturing a behavior that is destroying lives and endangering our country’s future.
In 1991, there were 2.2 million tobacco, alcohol, or drug-related Medicare admissions, which accounted for 20% of all Medicare hospitalizations.
Despite declining smoking rates among the general population over the last decade, surveys of high school seniors and college freshmen indicated that smoking in this age group declined only 1.6% since 1981.
The report found that at least 1 of every 5 Medicaid dollars spent on hospital care and 1 in every 5 Medicaid covered hospital days were attributable to substance abuse.
The meeting consensus was that it is in the U.S. interest to promote demand reduction strategies in other areas of the world.
This report was a resource to state and local officials applying for ACCESS grants to strengthen their systems of treatment, housing and support for homeless people with severe mental illness.
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