Survey Shows Need for Increased Drug Education in Colleges, Workplace

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Twenty percent of Americans 16 to 25 years old reported past-month illicit drug use.

The latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) revealed a peak in illicit drug use during the time when young people are finishing up high school and either going through college and/or entering the workforce. The most drug use (23%) was recorded among people aged 18-20.

Most of our nation’s drug education and prevention programs are designed for younger students and then taper off beyond middle school or junior high, leaving few programs targeting the segment of the population that is at the greatest risk.

According to a new report from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA) the number of 12 to 17 year olds who abused controlled prescription drugs rose 212 percent and the number of adults 18 and older abusing such drugs increased by 81 percent. The most commonly abused prescription drugs included painkillers and stimulants.

In addition, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) concluded that 30 percent of Americans aged 18-20 were binge drinkers in the past month. Frequent binge drinkers were eight times more likely than non-binge drinkers to miss a class, fall behind in schoolwork, get hurt or injured, and damage property. Binge drinking is defined as consuming five or more alcoholic beverages in a row.

"Assuming that younger adults will retain and apply the information they receive about alcohol and drug abuse is a common mistake," said J.T. Daily, Director of Drug Education for Narconon Arrowhead. "Repetition of the true message is the key to combating the false information and the alcohol and drug company consumer marketing they encounter in later adolescence and young adulthood."

As one of the largest and most successful drug rehabilitation and education organizations in the country, Narconon Arrowhead offers effective programs to raise awareness among people of all ages in schools, business and other groups as well as to rehabilitate addicted individuals. Narconon Arrowhead is the premier facility in the international network of Narconon® centers and applies the drug-free rehabilitation methodology developed by American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard.

Some businesses have drug-free workplace programs to curb on-the-job drug use and colleges may have drug education as part of enrollment. One of several colleges that have participated in Narconon Arrowhead programs stated, "During our fall new student orientation, Narconon delivered a presentation over drug and alcohol abuse to our incoming freshmen students. The presenters did a wonderful job in educating our students ... organizations like Narconon are solid investments in the future of our children."

Alcohol and drug abuse is the underlying cause to many other social problems we face as a nation today, including the divorce rate and domestic violence, teenage pregnancy and the spread of disease, as well as theft, violence and terrorism.

Narconon Arrowhead’s mission is to eradicate substance abuse, which will lessen the associated costs and save millions of lives. To learn more about available solutions for individuals and groups, contact Narconon Arrowhead today by calling 1-800-468-6933 or log on to http://www.stopaddiction.com.

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