With drugs so widely available – in schools, in workplaces and on many street corners – teens are exposed to drugs frequently and even encouraged to experiment. The U.S. government has done many surveys to come up with some frightening statistics showing just how widespread drug abuse is among our young kids.
One survey showed that in a one-month period, the following percentage of high school students used the named drugs:
- 19.9 percent used marijuana
- 4.6 percent used stimulants
- 4.3 percent used other opiates
- 2.3 percent used cocaine
- 1.9 percent used hallucinogens
- 0.5 percent used heroin
Any drug use can lead to addiction. Teens, when they have many challenges in school and various pressures they face each day, can easily fall into the deep, dark well of drug addiction. Many think it will never happen to them, however, when it does, life becomes hell. In fact, life itself could end.
According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN), drug-related emergency room visits were 1.7 million in 2006. This increased to 4.6 million drug-related emergency room visits nationwide in 2009, per report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The top drugs involved were cocaine, marijuana, heroin and methamphetamine in that order.
It is time to get active to get anyone you know who is addicted to get help before it’s too late. You don’t have to do it alone. Solution to Addiction is here to help. Call today for more information. 1-800-343-0892