Drug Use: What You Need to Know
Did You Know?
- Only 34 percent of teens think smoking marijuana once a month is a great risk.1
- As kids get older, they view using cocaine, heroin, and LSD as a greater risk. The opposite is true about their views of marijuana. Forty-three percent of 12- to 13-year-olds think it’s risky to use marijuana, but only 26 percent of 16- to 17-year-olds agree.1
- Guys (18%) are slightly more likely to use illicit drugs compared to girls (15%).2
- As kids get older, they’re more likely to use drugs. Only 2 percent of sixth graders use illicit drugs compared to twenty-nine percent of 12th graders.2
- If you can encourage your child to get through age 21 without using drugs, abusing alcohol, or smoking cigarettes, they’re most likely never to abuse these substances.3
1. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies, The NSDUH Report: Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use among Adolescents, Rockville, Maryland, November 26, 2009, 2.
2. Search Institute, Developmental Assets: A Profile of Your Youth, Executive Summary, (Minneapolis: Search Institute, 2005), unpublished report, 22.
3. Joseph A. Califano, Jr., How to Raise a Drug-Free Kid (New York: Fireside, 2009), xx, research based on 20 years of studies by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University.
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