National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week January 22-27
January 22-27 is National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week. Below are some facts that can be beneficial.
- Underage drinking is a serious public health problem in the United States. Alcohol is the most widely used substance of abuse among America’s youth. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about 2.3 million young people ages 12–17 reported drinking alcohol in the past month.
- While daily marijuana use has been steadily increasing in prevalence among young adults over the past decade, the level has reached an all-time high in non-college young adults to nearly three times that of their college peers. The biggest division between the groups, however, was seen in annual, past month, and daily cigarette smoking rates. This section features the most recent Monitoring the Future national survey results on substance use in this age group, including patterns of marijuana and alcohol use, nicotine use, and non-medical use of prescription drugs. It also covers newer trends, such as e-vaporizers and hookahs.New this year, the survey identified statistics related to e-vaporizer use of nicotine and marijuana separately from other smoking forms. This section also has resources for students, parents, educators, dorm supervisors, counselors, clinicians, and researchers who work with this age group.
- Drugged driving puts the driver, passengers, and others who share the road at risk. Use of illicit drugs or misuse of prescription drugs can make driving a car unsafe—just like driving after drinking alcohol. According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), more than 21 million people ages 16 and older drove after drinking alcohol. And nearly 13 million people drove after using illicit drugs.
- The misuse of opioids and other prescription drugs is a serious problem in the United States that has escalated in recent years to the level of public health crisis. Misuse includes use of a medication in ways or amounts other than intended by a doctor, by someone other than for whom it is prescribed, or for the experience or feeling it causes. New statistics from the 2016 NSDUH Survey show that over 18.5 million persons 12 and older have misused prescription drugs in the past year.
- Despite some promising signs that traditional cigarette use is decreasing among teenagers, unacceptably high numbers of youth continue to smoke, and recent studies show an alarming number of teens are trying e-cigarettes. NIDA’s 2017 Monitoring the Future survey found that 16.6 percent of 12th graders reported using e-cigarettes in the prior month.