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    Fewer teens using drugs

    Fewer teens using drugs
    USA TODAY - April 06, 2006

    Drug use has edged downward among teens nationwide, with the biggest decreases driven by teens in the Midwest and South, according to a national survey on drug and alcohol use.

    Children 12 to 17 years old who reported using any illicit drug in the past month declined from 11.4% to 10.9% between 2002 and 2004. States that saw the biggest declines in teen drug use were Illinois, Nebraska, South Dakota, North Carolina, Virginia and Vermont.

    The study, to be released today by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), combines data from interviews of 135,500 people in 2003 and 2004 as part of the National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.

    The large number of interviews and the depth of the surveys offer one of the most detailed reports available on substance abuse in the USA.

    Among its findings:

    *There were no statistically significant increases in any age group for drug use.

    *Alcohol use ranged from a low of 29.3% in Utah to 62.1% in Wisconsin.

    *Among teens, the only state to see an increase in tobacco use was California, from 9.2% to 10.9%.

    Among all age groups nationwide, illicit drug use remained steady, but Florida, Nevada, Washington state and Washington, D.C., showed significant declines.

    Past-month use of illicit drugs including marijuana dropped from 11.6% to 9.6% in Washington, D.C.; from 8.7% to 7.8% in Florida; from 10.3% to 8.7% in Nevada; and from 10% to 8.5% in Washington state.

    Washington state has increased its spending on prevention and treatment from $180 million to $300 million over five years, says Doug Allen, acting director of the division of alcohol and substance abuse for the state's Department of Social & Health Services.

    "We think we're turning the corner, but you're always holding your breath," Allen said.

    Alaska had the highest rate of illegal drug use in the nation for the second year in a row. Mississippi displaced Utah as the state for drug-free living.

    Nearly 12% of Alaskans said they had used an illicit drug in the past month. The national average for past month drug use is about 8%.

    Alaska also had high rates of pot smoking and binge drinking. One in 10 Alaskans reported pot use in the past month.

    Drug treatment in Alaska is in short supply. Alaska had the highest percentage of people 12 and older who needed drug treatment but did not receive it.

    States should be using the data to gauge whether their prevention and treatment programs are working, SAMHSA administrator Charles Curie said .

    "States can tailor an approach based on their own data," Curie said.

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    Re: Fewer teens using drugs

    In conversations with teens surrounding treatment options for Tourette and co morbid conditions such as ADD or anxiety disorder, I noticed many teens reluctant to accept medications to treat their disorders.

    Do you feel this trend among young people is resulting in a backlash where treatment options requiring medications might be refused?

    Is the good news of reduced street drug use among teens causing over reaction to legitimate medication treatment?

    Steve

    Dum spiro spero....While I breathe, I hope

    Tourette Canada Forum

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    Re: Fewer teens using drugs

    I don't think so. In my experience, most teens are reluctant to take prescription medications and that's been true for a long time - I think it's the stigma, or a fear of stigmatization - they don't want people to think they're "crazy". But that doesn't stop them from using pot or alcohol or other things to self-medicate - that's not "bug juice" as they call it - it's "cool".

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    Re: Fewer teens using drugs

    I did a seminar on addictions.

    The research indicates that peer pressure is a reason that people start using alcohol and drugs.

    Also peer pressure plays a role in not taking drugs perscribed by a doctor unless it can be abused to get a high.

    The teen population is at a great risk for adverse health risks because they are generally unprepared for the pressures of life. Steph

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    Re: Fewer teens using drugs

    Which brings us to the dilemma of how to get treatment for a teen who does not feel at ease communicating with parents and reluctant to discuss the problem with the doctor for fear of being prescribed medication.

    Steve

    Dum spiro spero....While I breathe, I hope

    Tourette Canada Forum

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    Re: Fewer teens using drugs

    It really is a dilemma because how do we help someone who doesn't want to be helped?

    We have certainly guided that teen in the right direction and have provided up to date information that could make a big difference in that person's life.

    However the need to be independent drives us away.

    I wish I knew the answer. Steph

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    Re: Fewer teens using drugs

    We have certainly guided that teen in the right direction and have provided up to date information that could make a big difference in that person's life.
    just wondering if the guidance and info was from an adult perspective and not on the level of a teen
    i'm thinking was info delivered in teen language..
    maybe another teen (on meds) could talk to other teens...

    just think out loud again... (must knock that habit..lol)





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    Re: Fewer teens using drugs

    Hi Notsureanymore,

    You have a good point. The information was given in the teen section of a forum by TSOW and I.

    The information is medical information and it is intended for anyone with this particular syndrome.

    I am not sure how the information could be provided in a teen language but our main message to her was to try and involve her family in seeking information therefore they would be less critical of her.

    Instead of being loving and supportive to her, her family is not.

    We are looking for ways to help her.

    Any other ideas on how to help would be appreciated. Steph


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    Re: Fewer teens using drugs

    not sure if any ideas i can come up with are of any help as i would imagine ye would have thought of these already. as a parent of a handful of "kids", i know i have learned alot from reading and talking with them and trying to understand "where they were coming from".

    have ye suggested she leave info lying around the house.. and that way "indirectly" let them know , educate them and also let them know how this is affecting her.
    maybe she could write her own notes\diary type pages and "convienently\accidently" leave them to be seen..

    again of the top of my head.. maybe making no sense..


  10. Re: Fewer teens using drugs

    Quote Originally Posted by Steph
    It really is a dilemma because how do we help someone who doesn't want to be helped?

    We have certainly guided that teen in the right direction and have provided up to date information that could make a big difference in that person's life.

    However the need to be independent drives us away.

    I wish I knew the answer. Steph
    Sadly, helping someone who doesn't wish to be helped is an exercise in futility. Parents of teens would like to believe that resistance is futile, but the teen is convinced that interference is futile and they're bound and determined to prove themselves right. The best we can do is to provide information, be there when (and if) we're needed, listen if the teen miraculously decides to talk, and pray...not necessarily in that order.

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