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Drug Abuse

Tips, information, and publications aimed at preventing substance 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.

Information about Drug Abuse

Bath Salts and Synthetic Drugs Fact sheet. Click here to download.

Elementary Drug Prevention Brochure Part1 - Click here to download the information

Elementary Drug Prevention Brochure Part2 - Click here to download the information

How Parents Can Prevent Drug Abuse
Research shows that the main reason that kids don't use alcohol, tobacco, or drugs is because of their parents

Girls and Drug Abuse
Tips for parents on dealing with girls and drug abuse

Inhalant Abuse
Information for identifying and preventing inhalant abuse

Strategies
Techniques that adults can use to prevent drug abuse by youth

Publications and Products on Drug Abuse

Positive Change Through Policy
This online guide features examples of policies that create safer communities

Downloadable Resources on Drug Abuse

Size Description Title
323.5 kB A report on the methods Washington state used to respond to increasing methamphetamine use File Responding to Methamphetamine, Washington State's Promising Example
379.0 kB Reproducible brochure about the dangers of inhalant abuse and how to prevent it File Sniffing Your Life Away
894.7 kB Reproducible brochure for parents with tips on how to talk to children about drugs File Talking to Your Kids About Drugs
183.9 kB A cartoon strip that shows the importance of promoting positive activities for kids to prevent drug use File What Should We Do?
151.9 kB A cartoon strip dealing with youth and alcohol consumption File You Know You Shouldn't Drink, Right?
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