Drug Abuse

The use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs is the major health problem facing our nation’s youth, as it can quickly lead to addiction, associated chronic diseases, failure at school, and delinquency.

A 2001 survey by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reported that one in five 12- to 17-year-olds had used marijuana - which is continually cultivated to be more potent than ever - at some time. In 2001, about one in nine in this age group had used an illegal drug in the past month. Almost half of those who smoked cigarettes in the past month had also used illegal drugs. According to another SAMHSA study the same year, only one in 20 teens who did not smoke cigarettes or drink alcohol had used illegal drugs.

As a result, there’s every reason to believe that early education and intervention can keep kids on track.

Downloadable Resources on Drug Abuse

Title Description Size
File Responding to Methamphetamine, Washington State's Promising Example A report on the methods Washington state used to respond to increasing methamphetamine use 323.5 kB
File Sniffing Your Life Away Reproducible brochure about the dangers of inhalant abuse and how to prevent it 379.0 kB
File Talking to Your Kids About Drugs Reproducible brochure for parents with tips on how to talk to children about drugs 894.7 kB
File What Should We Do? A cartoon strip that shows the importance of promoting positive activities for kids to prevent drug use 183.9 kB
File You Know You Shouldn't Drink, Right? A cartoon strip dealing with youth and alcohol consumption 151.9 kB
File Dangers of Drinking Reproducible brochure with facts and advice about alcohol for teenagers 4.5 MB
File Don't Go Up In Smoke Reproducible handout that identifies the risks of smoking for teenagers 335.5 kB
File Don't Lose a Friend to Drugs Reproducible brochure for teenagers on preventing drug abuse by their peers 746.1 kB
File Drugs are Bad A cartoon strip about educating your children about drugs 199.6 kB
File Dying To Drink? The Hard Facts Informative brochure with facts about alcohol-related accidents for young adults 66.8 kB
File Has boredom set in? Studies getting you down? IT'S PARTY TIME! Reproducible brochure with ideas for celebrating safely on campus 348.1 kB
File Marijuana: Common, Dangerous, and Still Illegal Reproducible handout on the facts regarding marijuana use and consequences for teenagers 341.7 kB
File  Methamphetamine Abuse and Clandestine Laboratories This presentation covers the history of meth; what meth is; what meth looks like; street names; signs, symptoms, and methods of use; side effects of meth abuse;... 11.4 MB
File Methamphetamine: Nothing to Rave About Reproducible brochure about the harmful effects of methamphetamines 26.5 kB
File Normal Kids A cartoon strip that shows