You can now get a first look at the results from the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an annual survey of the civilian, noninstitutionalized population of the United States, ages 12 or older.
Survey results present national estimates of rates of use, numbers of users, and other measures related to illicit drugs, alcohol, and tobacco products, with a focus on trends between 2011 and 2012, and from 2002 to 2012, as well as differences across population subgroups in 2012. NSDUH national estimates—related to mental health—and NSDUH state-level estimates—related to both substance use and mental health—will be published separately in fall 2013.
Sample Data Highlights:
- Marijuana was the most commonly used illicit drug. In 2012, there were 18.9 million past-month users.
- Slightly more than half (52.1 percent) of Americans ages 12 or older reported being current drinkers of alcohol in the 2012 survey, which was similar to the rate reported in 2011 (51.8 percent).
- In 2012, an estimated 69.5 million Americans ages 12 or older were current (past-month) users of a tobacco product.
The workshop consists of three sessions from the LifeSkills Training Parent Program. In addition to a short orientation, sessions also cover family communication, parental monitoring and being a good role model.
“The sessions that we do in the parent project, we talk about what parents need to raise children and what support they need,” said Heather Sanderson, a program coordinator for the city.
The workshop, held at City Church in Fairfield, was advertised with a Mother’s Day theme, however it was open to mothers, fathers and adults of all ages who want to make a difference to children. The workshop included lessons on communicating effectively with kids, including techniques for non-verbal communication “and how to avoid misunderstandings and assumptions,” Sanderson said.
It is a spin-off of the Botvin LifeSkills Training program that the city holds for area kids. The traditional LifeSkills program incorporates science-based teaching to give kids the skills to resist using alcohol, tobacco and other drugs (ATOD). Sanderson said between 600 and 700 kids graduated from the most recent LifeSkills program.