New Report Shows Number of Teens Driving Under the Influence of Drugs

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Narconon Arrowhead’s drug education aimed at cutting youth drug use and associated behavior.

A report from the recent PRIDE Surveys showed that more than 750,000 teens aged 16 and 17 drove under the influence of illicit drugs in the past year. Information from the Monitoring the Future survey also shows that approximately 15% of teens reported driving under the influence of marijuana, which was nearly as high as those driving after consuming alcohol.

In a release from the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Director John Walters said that people need to realize that “Marijuana impairs many of the skills required for safe driving, such as concentration, coordination, perception and reaction time…”

Due to these statistics the ONDCP is partnering with driving schools and other organizations to increase awareness and have launched new public service announcements through the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign targeting drugged driving.

The campaign reminds parents that they can take action and help their teen "steer clear of pot" with simple steps such as checking the car for signs of drug paraphernalia and being aware of who their teen is traveling with.

Since its inception in 1998, the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign has conducted outreach to millions of parents, teens and communities to reduce and prevent teen drug use. With a combination of public and private partnerships, non-profit community service organizations, volunteerism, and youth-to-youth communications, the Campaign is designed to reach Americans of diverse backgrounds with effective anti-drug messages.

Joining in the efforts to educate young and old alike is Narconon Arrowhead, which is one of the largest and most successful drug rehabilitation and education programs in the country. Its effectiveness is directly attributed to the application of the late American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard’s research and drug-free methodology.

Surveys conducted by the Narconon® Drug Rehabilitation and Education Program of several hundred thousand students across the country show that it is the type of information and the manner in which it’s presented that determines the best results. It has to be made “real” to them.

Narconon Arrowhead’s prevention program, led by Director of Drug Education J.T. Daily, uses effective two-way communication with a lot of energy and interest between the presenter and the students. Through the delivery of the information from the multi-session curriculum and the experience of the presenters, students are able to get the toughest questions answered in a way that satisfies their curiosity without having to try drugs for themselves.

For more information about drugs and addiction, to get help for a loved one in need or to book an education presentation in your area call Narconon Arrowhead today at 1-800-468-6933 or log on to


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