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
Downloadable Resources on Drug Abuse