Although recent studies show that overall teenage substance use is steadily declining, many teenagers still make the choice to use drugs and alcohol. A recent survey reports that in 2008, 43% of 12th graders admitted drinking an alcoholic beverage in the 30 day period prior to the survey, and 32.4% of 12th graders reported past year marijuana use. Another survey reports that 1 in 5 teens (19%) admit to abusing a prescription medication at least once in their lives. Adolescent substance use puts teenagers at increased risk for traffic accidents, risky sexual behaviors, and violence. This work provides updated facts about drug use, abuse, and addiction. It describes the physical and psychological effects of alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs, inhalants, club drugs, stimulants, and many other commonly abused drugs and chemicals. It includes information about drug related health concerns, such as HIV infection, drug facilitated rape, depression, and suicide. A section on substance abuse treatment describes care options and provides resources for addiction recovery. Resource directories provide contact information for national organizations, hotlines, and other sources of support.
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