More than 10,000 U.S. teenagers were surveyed on a study on teen use of alcohol and drugs in America. According to the survey results, 78% of surveyed teens drank alcohol and 15% of them met the criteria for alcohol abuse. 81% of the surveyed group reported to have used illicit drugs. However, about half (42.5%) actually did so and 16% abused drugs.
The median starting age for both drinking and doing drugs was 14.
“It is imperative that families, schools, police, youth groups, and communities all join together to prevent or delay the onset of substance use as long as possible. Social norms have a very powerful impact on drug-use patterns. We need to create norms where substance use and availability, especially for young people, is not acceptable,” said Bruce Goldman, the Director of Abuse Services at the The Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, NY.
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