County Crime Commission has a strong stance against illicit narcotics and drug
abuse, as history has shown that rampant usage can actually bring down
societies and cause economic collapses, let alone destroy lives, as well as the
loved ones close to the users.
The reality of
drug use defies all stereotypes. It crosses all boundaries—gender, age, race,
ethnic background, income and geography. Every child is at risk when it comes
to drugs. Look at the facts:
percent of 12th graders, 22 percent of 10th graders and 11 percent of 8th
graders are current (past month) drug users.
2. 40 percent of young people in grades 7-12
reported trying marijuana (the most widely used illegal drug in the U.S.) at least
percent of 8th graders, 6.6 percent of 10th graders, and 4.5 percent of 12th
graders reported using inhalants in the past year.
4. Nearly 1 in 4 teens continue to rank drugs as
the single most important problem facing people their age.
something these figures don’t indicate. Research shows that adolescent drug-use
rates are influenced more by young people’s attitudes about drugs—and by
prevailing social norms—than by the availability of drugs.
Hence, caring adults
can carry a tremendous positive impact.
An adult’s words and actions matter. They can reinforce young people’s
healthy choices, especially the choice to stay drug free.
Four Words and
an Acronym – By Jim Hall – Epidemiologist – Nova SE
Teen Abuse of
Oxycontin on the Rise:
High School and Youth Trends:
The Science of
Reports: MDMA (Ecstasy) Abuse:
Punishment: An Economic Approach: