The group at Myteensavers.com has been reading the recent report by The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).  The recently released National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) shows a disturbing trend.   These 2009 stats shed light on which direction drug use is moving.  I will focus on some of the rates for minors, as the survey deals with both adults and children.

When it comes to illicit drug use:

  • Among youths aged 12 to 17, the current illicit drug use rate increased from 2008 (9.3 percent) to 2009 (10.0 percent). Between 2002 and 2008, the rate declined from 11.6 to 9.3 percent.
  • The rate of current marijuana use among youths aged 12 to 17 decreased from 8.2 percent in 2002 to 6.7 percent in 2006, remained unchanged at 6.7 percent in 2007 and 2008, then increased to 7.3 percent in 2009.
  • Among youths aged 12 to 17, the rate of nonmedical use of prescription-type drugs declined from 4.0 percent in 2002 to 2.9 percent in 2008, then held steady at 3.1 percent in 2009.
  • The rate of current Ecstasy use among youths aged 12 to 17 declined from 0.5 percent in 2002 to 0.3 percent in 2004, remained at that level through 2007, then increased to 0.5 percent in 2009.
  • Between 2008 and 2009, the rate of current use of illicit drugs among young adults aged 18 to 25 increased from 19.6 to 21.2 percent, driven largely by an increase in marijuana use (from 16.5 to 18.1 percent).

Obtaining drugs:

  • Almost half (49.9 percent) of youths aged 12 to 17 reported in 2009 that it would be “fairly easy” or “very easy” for them to obtain marijuana if they wanted some.
  • Approximately one in five reported it would be easy to get cocaine (20.9 percent).
  • About one in seven (13.5 percent) indicated that LSD would be “fairly” or “very” easily available, and 12.9 percent reported easy availability for heroin.

Teens who said they used drugs in the last month:

Drug use by teens in the last month

The rate of past month illicit drug use increased from 2008 to 2009 among youths aged 12 to 17 (from 9.3 to 10.0 percent) and young adults aged 18 to 25 (from 19.6 to 21.2 percent) (Shown below)

Teen Drug Use

Youths Aged 12 to 17

  • In 2009, 10.0 percent of youths aged 12 to 17 were current illicit drug users : 7.3 percent used marijuana, 3.1 percent engaged in nonmedical use of prescription-type psychotherapeutics, 1.0 percent used inhalants, 0.9 percent used hallucinogens, and 0.3 percent used cocaine.
  • Among youths aged 12 to 17, the types of drugs used in the past month varied by age group. Among 12 or 13 year olds, 1.6 percent used prescription-type drugs nonmedically, 1.4 percent used inhalants, and 0.8 percent used marijuana. Among 14 or 15 year olds, marijuana was the most commonly used drug (6.3 percent), followed by prescription-type drugs used nonmedically (3.3 percent); inhalants and hallucinogens tied for third rank (0.8 percent). Marijuana also was the most commonly used drug among 16 or 17 year olds (14.0 percent); it was followed by prescription-type drugs used nonmedically (4.3 percent), hallucinogens (1.6 percent), inhalants (0.8 percent), and cocaine (0.6 percent).
  • After gradually declining from 11.6 percent in 2002 to 9.3 percent in 2008, the rate of past month illicit drug use among 12 to 17 year olds increased to 10.0 percent in 2009. Marijuana use declined from 8.2 percent in 2002 to 6.7 percent in 2006, held steady at that rate through 2008, then increased to 7.3 percent in 2009. Nonmedical use of psychotherapeutic drugs declined from 4.0 percent in 2002 and 2003 to 2.9 percent in 2008; the rate in 2009, 3.1 percent, was not significantly different from the rate in 2008.

These stats indicate a disturbing trend.  After years of decline, teens are finding their way back to drugs.   Parents can utilize home drug testing kits.     Myteensavers.com is a place where parents can educate themselves.

 

 

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