What the Monitoring the Future Program survey is clearly telling us, is that drug use and abuse among kids as young as 13 and 14 is not in decline; in fact, it’s heading in the opposite direction.
Battle Creek, MI (PRWEB) December 11, 2014
In a new blog post, A Forever Recovery, an open-ended drug and alcohol treatment program that gets clients off to a great start and gives them a solid foundation in recovery they can believe in, is asking a critically important question that must be asked by educators, parents and everyone else concerned with public safety and community development: how frequent is drug use among high school students today?
The A Forever Recover blog post cites an annual survey conducted by the widely respected Monitoring the Future Program, which each year asks students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grade about their drug usage, intentions and opinions. The latest survey highlights that:
- Drug use overall is continuing to trend upwards; especially marijuana use, which was actually in decline during the 1990s.
- A staggering 7% of high school seniors say they use marijuana on a daily basis.
- Students are increasingly experimenting with and using over-the-counter medications – such as Ritalin and Vicodin, which are typically easier to obtain.
- Notably, illicit use of the drug Adderall is increasing; particularly among 12th grade students. This drug is used to treat ADHD.
- Ease of access and perception are two main factors that drive drug abuse in high school students.
- More medication in the home – often as a result of highly stressed parents – is also contributing to rising drug use among teens.
“It’s a generational rite-of-passage for adults to look at teens and say that they’re out of control and don’t have their proverbial heads on straight,” commented A Forever Recovery’s CEO Per Wickstrom. “However, what the Monitoring the Future Program survey is clearly telling us, is that drug use and abuse among kids as young as 13 and 14 is not in decline; in fact, it’s heading in the opposite direction. And that’s why we need to invest resources in education and other community programs to steer kids away from drugs and alcohol. We cannot solve this problem after-the-fact. It’s simply too big. The only way we can protect kids and give them more than a fighting chance is by being proactive, and preventing addiction.”
The full text of A Forever Recovery’s latest blog post entitled “How Frequent is Drug Use Among High School Students Today?” is available at http://aforeverrecovery.com/blog/drug-abuse/frequent-drug-use-among-high-school-students-today
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