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The Scary Stats for Alcohol, Drugs, & Prescription Abuse
Youth Related Statistics
• Marijuana use among teens rose in 2013 for the sixth straight year. Marijuana has also become
much more potent as a result of genetic modifications triggered by legalization in some states.
• 57% of new initiates were under 18.
• 52.1% of new initiates were females.
• 61.8% started with Marijuana.
• Over 50% of teens in drug treatment programs say they used drugs for at least two years before
their parents knew.
School Related Statistics
• 15.2% of 8th graders report they have used Marijuana (1 in 6).
• 13% of 9th graders report they have tried prescription painkillers to get high (1 in 7).
• 26.7% of 10th graders reported using Marijuana (1 in 4).
• 17% of HS juniors report using prescription painkillers to get high (1 in 6).
• 35.8% of HS seniors report using Marijuana (1 in 3).
• 21% of HS seniors report using prescription painkillers to get high (1 in 5).
• 1 in 9 HS Seniors report using "synthetic marijuana" (K2 or Spice) in the past 12 months.
• Over 60% of teens said drugs were sold, used, or kept at their school.
Workplace Related Statistics
• Industrial accidents account for over 4,500 yearly deaths, as reported by the Bureau of Labor
• Most industrial accidents occur because of human error (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
• 47% of Industrial accidents are caused by alcohol abuse (Bureau of Labor Statistics)
• 74.8% of drug users are employed
• About 10% of employees are current users of illicit drugs
• Substance abusing employees function at about 67% of their capacity (or lower)
• 47% of industrial injuries can be linked to substance abuse
• 40% of industrial fatalities can be linked to substance abuse
• Drug users have decreased productivity and increased absenteeism
• Drug users are typically absent from their jobs 66% higher than other employees
• Drug users cost their employers almost twice as much in medical claims
Drug Related Statistics
• K2 (Spice) was, until recently, legally sold as incense and easily obtained. In November of 2011 it
was reclassified as illegal.
• Every day, we have over 8,100 NEW drug users in America. That's 3.1 million new users every
• Americans are 4% of the world’s population; however, we consume 60% of the world’s illegal
• Drug-related deaths have risen 126% since 2001.
Prescription Medicine Statistics
• Of the 126% rise in drug-related deaths, 80% of those deaths involve prescription drugs.
• 1 in 5 teenagers report they can get prescription drugs in less than an hour.
• Treatment admissions for prescription drug abuse have skyrocketed 430% in the last 10 years.
• Over a billion prescription painkillers were prescribed in Oklahoma (OK Department of Justice).
• Oxycontin and Vicodin are known as some of the most powerful drugs on the market. Studies
show these to be the drugs of choice for 12-13 year old kids.
• When misused, it only takes five to ten days to become physically addicted to prescription drugs.
Alcohol Related Statistics
• 24.6% of HS seniors engage in binge drinking as of 2008 (1 in 4)
• Underage drinking costs the United States more than $58 billion every year.
• 40% of those who started drinking at age 13 or younger developed alcohol dependence later in
• Reports show 7.5 million children live with a parent who has an alcohol use disorder.
• Reports show nearly half of all substance abuse treatment admissions involving college students
were primarily for treating alcohol disorders.
Signs of Drug Abuse
• Drop in attendance and performance at work or school is a key behavioral sign of drug abuse.
• Unexplained need for money or financial problems is a key behavioral sign of drug abuse.
• Engaging in secretive or suspicious behaviors are key behavioral signs of drug abuse.
• Sudden change in friends, favorite hangouts, and hobbies are key behavioral signs of drug abuse.
• Frequently getting into trouble (fights, accidents, illegal activities) are key behavioral signs of
• Unexplained change in personality or attitude is a key warning signs of drug abuse.
• Sudden mood swings, irritability, or angry outbursts are key warning signs of drug abuse.
• Periods of unusual hyperactivity, agitation, or giddiness are key warning signs of drug abuse.
• Lack of motivation (lethargic or “spaced-out”) are key warning signs of drug abuse.
• Fear, anxiousness, or paranoia are key warning signs of drug abuse.
• Overcoming drug addiction is NOT just a matter of willpower
• An addict does not have to hit rock bottom before they will accept help
• Addiction is a brain disease; however, the changes associated with addiction can be treated and
• More than a quarter of the United States population is directly impacted by addiction. 85 million
Americans are directly impacted by addiction.
Youth Related Facts
• Teens mistakenly think that prescription drugs provide a safer high than street drugs.
• Prescription drugs are becoming more widely abused since it is easier to steal the medications
from the home of a family member or friend rather than risk a street drug deal for illicit drugs.
• YES, you can force a child into substance abuse treatment
• Your teen probably knows all about Synthetic Drugs like Spice, K2 and Bath Salts; you should
• Experience has shown that some of the most innovative and effective approaches to dealing with
adolescent drug and alcohol problems begin at the community level.
• 8% of Oklahoma High School students have used e-Cigarettes in the past 30 days.
• Nearly 18% of all students surveyed reported using e-Cigarettes sometime in their life.
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Oklahoma City, Edmond, Norman, Yukon, Piedmont, El Reno, Mustang, Del City, Midwest City, Moore, Nichols Hills, The Village, Guthrie, Kingfisher, Tulsa, Newcastle, Broken Arrow, Stillwater, Woodward, Weatherford, Lawton, Ardmore, McAlester, Henryetta, Okmulgee, Choctaw, Chandler, Noble, Purcell, Blanchard, Chickasha.
WHAT TO DO as a parent:
• Think, who is your kid’s best advocate, defender, protector?
• This is NOT about trust or about privacy. This is a matter of life and DEATH. If you don't care, who
• Get involved. Parenting is a full time activity. Read about it.
• Remember that over 50% of teens in drug treatment programs say they had used drugs for at
least two years before their parents knew.
• Remember that over 70% of teens in treatment centers thought their parents did NOT care what
• Be aware -- Be aware of your kid’s friends and their activities. Do you know their friends well?
What are their typical activities?
• Where are they going? Check stories out, be inquisitive.
• Look for behavioral changes. It's hard to fake a normal behavior.
• Administrators can call us, we have FREE classes for parents and school staff teaching them to
recognize the signs of abuse.
• Inventory your medicine cabinet at home.
• Inventory the medicine cabinet of aging parents and grandparents.
• Discard expired prescriptions. They are still good enough for a "high" years after expiration.
• Lock your medicine cabinet.
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