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Share the Latest Stats During National Drug Facts Week

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Sara Bellum

During National Drug Facts Week (NDFW), communities across the country are shattering the myths about drug abuse and addiction.

Several myths about drugs and drug abuse are related to how many teens are abusing certain drugs and what teens really think about drugs. NIDA’s Monitoring the Future study is an annual survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders that asks about alcohol, drug, and tobacco use and teens’ attitude toward these drugs. More than 40,000 teens participate every year.

Below are the findings from the 2013 study. Share this infographic with your friends, family, and classmates during NDFW to spread the truth about drug abuse.

Last two decades of alcohol, cigarette, and illicit drug use

Marijuana: As perceived harm drops, use goes up

60% of high school seniors do not view regular marijuana use as harmful.

Prescription/Over-the-Counter Versus Illicit Drugs

Abuse of some synthetic drugs is down.

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I'm quite stunned by the Fact on Marijuana, While Alcohol and Tobacco use decrease, the usage of Marijuana has increased. Which only shows a shift in demand rather than an actual decrease of substance abuse.
i am quit stunned by the fact on marijuana, which alcohol and tobacco use decrease the usage of marijuana has increase, which only show a shift in demand rather than actual decrease of substance abuse.
In Mount Gambier, a regional city in South Australia I conducted a study profiling the local youth. The Youth Community Profile Survey also questioned the 56 participants about the use of alcohol and a variety of drugs/illicit substances. The anonymous voluntary participants were aged between 12-25. The most common substances being consumed by the sample were identified with the top three being: Marijuana 27 responses, (48.21%), Prescription medication 15 responses (26.78%) and amphetamines 11 responses (19.64%). Alcohol intake for this group is high with 38 respondents equating to a remarkable 67.86%. This group do not see any of these behaviours as problematic.
As an ex-psychiatric patient who took psychiatric drugs for 35 years, the illicit drugs are not the ones parents have to worry about today. It's the prescription drugs by far. They are legal. They are deadly. And they are extremely addicting. And with the over-diagnosis,and mis-diagnosis of of everyday emotional struggles (mental illness) you will find psychiatric drugs sitting in every medicine cabinet across America. 61.5 million adults, and more sadly, 11 million children will be diagnosed, labeled mentally ill, and drugged with very dangerous drugs that they either use, abuse or sell at school with no knowledge if these drug will make them feel depressed, anxious, suicidal, or homicidal. And I can attest, they do all of these things. Or accidentally overdose on them. The problem isn't our kids, it's the over medicalization of every human emotion thus rendering financially poor, tired, stressed out, impatient, sad parents mentally ill.If we stop over drugging parents, and children maybe these 'pill parties' would disintegrate. Maybe so many children wouldn't have to die. Cigarettes & pot are not our biggest worry right now. Psychiatric drugs are. A drug is a drug is a drug is a drug. And they are dangerous.