National Recovery Month
Every September, during the observance of National Recovery Month, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) releases the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).
NSDUH is the primary source of information on the prevalence and impact of mental and/or substance use disorders across the country. To tie in with National Recovery Month, this month’s NOSHA general membership meeting will feature a presentation entitled “Teenagers and Drugs” presented by Sgt. Travis Jacobson of the Grand Forks Police Department.
Here are some fast facts about teen substance abuse:
High School and College Students
○ According to the University of Michigan’s 2014 Monitoring the Future study, one in five 12th graders reported binge drinking at least once in the prior two weeks.
○ In 2013, 8.8 percent of youth aged 12 to 17 were current illicit drug users and 11.6 percent were current alcohol users. In addition, 5.2 percent of this age group was considered to have a substance use disorder in the past year.
○ In 2013, 22.3 percent of full-time college students aged 18 to 22 were currently using illicit drugs and 59.4 percent were current drinkers.
○ The rate of current nonmedical use of prescription-type drugs amongst college students is 4.8 percent.
○ In 2013, past month use of illicit drugs, cigarettes, and/or binge alcohol use were lower among youth aged 12 to 17 who reported that their parents always or sometimes engaged in supportive or monitoring behaviors than among youth whose parents seldom or never engaged in such behaviors.