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Compared with the rest of their peers,
teens who abuse prescription drugs are...


-Twice as likely to use alcohol
-5 times likelier to use marijuana
-12 times likelier to use heroin
-15 times likelier to use Ecstasy
-21 times likelier to use cocaine

 

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  • Suicide is the fourth leading cause of death for children between the ages of 10 and 14
  • Young people age 15 to 24 account for 50 percent of all new Sexually Transmitted diseases, although they represent just 25 percent of the sexually experienced population
  • STDs and STIs can be transferred to a partner during oral sex.
  • about 820,000 teens become pregnant each year. That means that 34 percent of teenagers have at least one pregnancy before they turn 20. 
  • Nearly 10 million youths, ages 12 to 20, in this country report they have consumed alcohol in the past 30 days.
  • Nearly 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner in a single year.

  • One in three adolescents in the U.S. is a victim of physical, sexual, emotional or verbal abuse from a dating partner, a figure that far exceeds rates of other types of youth violence.

  • One in 10 high school students has been purposefully hit, slapped or physically hurt by a boyfriend or girlfriend.

  • One quarter of high school girls have been victims of physical or sexual abuse.

  • Approximately 70% of college students say they have been sexually coerced.
  • According to a survey, teens in high school admitted to using drugs or alcohol in the past 30 days: 

    • Alcohol: 48% 
    • Marijuana: 19.9% 
    • Stimulants: 4.6% 
    • Other opiates: 4.3% 
    • Tranquilizers: 3.1% 
    • Sedatives: 2.9% 
    • Hallucinogens: 1.9% 
    • Cocaine: 2.3% 
    • Inhalants: 1.5% 
    • Steroids: 1.6%
    • Heroin: 0.5%


The numbers change, however, when teen drug use is expanded to include usage over the past year: 

  • Alcohol: 70.6% 
  • Marijuana: 34.3% 
  • Stimulants-Uppers: 10% 
  • Other opiates: 9.5% 
  • Tranquilizers: 7.3% 
  • Sedatives: 6.5% 
  • Hallucinogens: 6.2% 
  • Cocaine: 5.3% 
  • Inhalants: 4.2% 
  • Steroids: 2.5% 
  • Heroin: 0.9%

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