Broward County
Crime Commission

"Evil Triumphs When Good People Stand Idly By"

Anti-Narcotic Programs: Drug Abuse and Illicit Narcotics Trafficking:

The Broward 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:


1. 25 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 once.


3. 9.1 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.


But there’s 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.


Anti-Drug Teen Guide:


Above the Influence:


Teen Prescription Paperwork:


Four Words and an Acronym – By Jim Hall – Epidemiologist – Nova SE


Teen Abuse of Oxycontin on the Rise:


Drug Facts High School and Youth Trends:


The Science of Addiction:


Research Reports: MDMA (Ecstasy) Abuse:


Crime and Punishment: An Economic Approach: