High rate of underage drinking according to new report

November 28, 2012

According to a new report by SAMHSA, 26.6 percent of people between the ages of 12 and 20 consumed alcohol in the past month. 9 percent of them also said they purchased their own alcohol. In the United States, alcohol consumption is illegal for those under the age of 21.

Vermont had the highest rate of underage drinking with 37 percent of 12 to 20-year-olds consuming alcohol. The state with the lowest rate of underage alcohol consumption was Utah with 14.3 percent.

SAMHSA Administrator Pamela Hyde said in a news release, “Even though drinking is often glamorized, the truth is that underage drinking can lead to poor academic performance, sexual assault, injury and even death.”

Also included in the report was the fact that the state of New York has had one of the highest rates of underage purchase of alcohol (15 percent) compared to states like Oregon and Idaho who both had a rate of 2.6 percent, and New Mexico with 2.5 percent purchasing alcohol underage.
Click here to read the full article.


Five Percent of Teens Use Steroids

November 20, 2012

Five percent, or one in 20 teenagers, use steroids for increased muscle growth, according to a new study. Coinciding with this, over one-third of boys and one-fifth of girls admitted to using a protein shake or powder to add muscle mass to their frames. Also, between five and ten percent of teens use non-steroid substances to bulk up.

The study, which was published in Pediatrics, involved close to 2,800 middle and high school students from Minnesota. A majority of the students in the study were involved in some sort muscle-building activity within the past year. The researchers said that one-third of the group used unhealthy ways to increase muscle mass including: steroid use, excessive protein shakes and over exertion from weight-lifting.

Interestingly, the study showed that there was an equal number of students that used steroids who were athletes and those who were not. According to Dr. Linn Goldberg of the Oregon Health & Science University, the pressure to start using steroids begins in high school. “You get the influence of older teens in high school, so when you’re a 14-year-old that comes in, you have 17-year-olds who are the senior, and they can have a great influence as you progress into the next state of your athletic career.”

To read the entire article, click here.


New report shows teens smoking less

November 20, 2012


According to a new report by SAMHSA, cigarette use among U.S. teenagers has declined between 2002 and 2010 in 41 states. Across the country, teenage cigarette use decreased from 12.6 percent to 8.7 percent, according to UPI.

SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde, although happy about the progress made with decreasing teen cigarette use, says, “About one in 10 adolescents smoked cigarettes in the past month.” Hyde adds, “We must collectively redouble our efforts to better educate adolescents about the risks of tobacco, and continue to work with every state and community to promote effective tobacco use prevention and recovery programs.”

According to the report, Wyoming had the highest smoking rate among teens – 13.5 percent, which is more than double the rate in Utah (5.9 percent).

To read the full article, click here.

Grant Announcement: Viola W. Bernard Foundation Youth Mental Health Grants

November 16, 2012

Grant: The Viola W. Bernard Foundation was established to provide seed money for innovative mental health programs with an emphasis on families and children. The purpose of this program is to support innovative programs that address the interplay between social conditions and the psychological health of children and families.

Funder: Viola W. Bernard Foundation.

Eligibility: Eligible applicants include projects or programs for youth that involve a mental health component and preference is given to New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Vermont, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania.

Amount: Award amounts vary.

Contact: Please contact the Viola W. Bernard Foundation for more information and to apply for this funding


Deadline: January, 31, 2013

New State-by-State Report Shows a Significant Decrease in Adolescent Smoking During Past Decade

November 16, 2012

According to SAMHSA, cigarette smoking has decreased significantly among 12- to 17-year old teenagers from 2002 to 2010 in 41 states. However, “adolescent perception of risk from cigarette smoking has remained unchanged in most states.”

Although nationwide use of cigarette smoking among adolescents has decreased, there are significant difference among states. For example, the nation’s highest rate of adolescent cigarette use was found in the state of Wyoming with 13.5 percent. That’s more than double the rate of the lowest percentage of adolescent cigarette usage, which can be found in Utah (5.9 percent).

The findings are based off of SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health reports from 2002-2003 and 2009-2010.

To read the full report, click here.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy Twitter Chat Rescheduled

November 9, 2012

The Office of National Drug Control Policy has rescheduled their Twitter chat for today, November 9th at 2pm ET due to hurricane Sandy affecting the Washington, D.C. area.

To join the chat, use @ONDCP and hashtag #prevmonth.

Also, the Ward 1 Drug Free Coalition’s symposium on “Emerging Drugs and Their Impact on Today’s Youth” that was scheduled for October 30th has been postponed to November 14th, from 1pm-4pm at Howard University.
More information here.

More Than Two-Thirds of U.S. Residents Who First Started Using Drugs in the Past Year Began with Marijuana

November 2, 2012

According to the 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 3.1 million people ages 12 and older used a drug for the first time in the past year. This number includes drugs other than alcohol. 68% of these new users reported their first drug they tried was marijuana.

Here are other statistics of other drugs that the 3.1 million people used in 2011 for their first time:

  • 22% prescription drugs (14% pain relievers, 4% tranquilizers, 3% stimulants, 1% sedatives)
  • Less than 10% used inhalants and hallucinogens
  • Very few used heroine or cocaine as their first-time drug

More information is available online at http://www.samhsa.gov/data/NSDUH/2011SummNatFindDetTables/Index.aspx.

Source: Center for Substance Abuse Research

%d bloggers like this: