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Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

Last week was National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week. Across the country schools and others developed programs and events to help educate the youth on the effects of drug and alcohol use and abuse. With the rise in teen vaping over the past few years now is a better time than ever to educate yourself, children and teens about drug and alcohol use.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse sponsors Drug & Alcohol Facts week every year, and provides resources for teachers, mentors, parents and community leaders to help educate their students and children.

Below are some quick facts to get the conversation started, and help educate yourself and others about alcohol and drug use. For more facts Click Here.

Nicotine: 

  • A study in 2015 showed the use of electronic cigarettes (e-cigs/ vape pens) is high among teens. In the past month, about 10 percent of 8th graders, 14 percent of 10th graders, and 16 percent of 12th graders used e-cigs/ vapes.
  • In 2015, about 13 percent of 8th graders who use e-cigs said they didn’t know what was in the device they used. Most teen say they inhaled flavoring alone, but it’s important to know that some products labeled “nicotine-free” may actually contain nicotine.
  • Did you know that nearly 9 out of 10 high school students don’t smoke? That’s a record low. So even if it seems like everyone around you smokes, it’s important to recognize that smoking is actually not the norm.

Alcohol:

  • Research shows that drinking during the teen years could interfere with normal adolescent brain development and change the brain in ways that increase the risk of developing an alcohol use disorder later in life.
  • Alcohol poisoning occurs when there is so much alcohol in the bloodstream that areas of the brain controlling basic life-support systems—such as breathing, heart rate, and temperature control—begin to shut down.
  • About one in four college students report academic consequences from drinking, including missing class, falling behind in their schoolwork, doing poorly on exams or papers, and receiving lower grades overall. High school students who drink can also experience these consequences.

Drug & Alcohol Facts Week covers more than just Nicotine and Alcohol use and abuse. Everything from Marijuana, MDMA, Meth and prescription drug use are covered as well. It’s important to learn about how all of these harmful substances effect the body, and why it’s important to avoid them. Visit the National Institute on Drug Abuse website today to get started.