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ERIC Number: ED521379
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 419
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
Adolescent Substance Use: America's #1 Public Health Problem
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University
This report finds that adolescent smoking, drinking, misusing prescription drugs and using illegal drugs is, by any measure, a public health problem of epidemic proportion, presenting clear and present danger to millions of America's teenagers and severe and expensive long-range consequences for the entire population. This report is a wake-up call for everyone, regardless of whether they seek to win the future by investing in the youth or seek to cut public spending to avoid a back-breaking financial burden on their children and grandchildren. The findings and recommendations in this report offer common ground and opportunity to help achieve both objectives. This report finds that: (1) Three-fourths of high school students (75.6 percent, 10.0 million) have used addictive substances including cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana or cocaine; (2) Almost half of high school students (46.1 percent, 6.1 million) are current users of these substances; and (3) Of high school students who have ever smoked a cigarette, had a drink of alcohol or used other drugs, 19.4 percent have a clinical substance use disorder, as do 33.3 percent of current users. Appendices include: (1) Methodology; (2) 2010 CASA Survey of Parents of High School Students; (3) 2010 CASA Survey of High School Students; (4) 2010 CASA Survey of High School Teachers and School Personnel; (5) Key Informant Interviewees; and (6) Screening, Brief Intervention and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT). A bibliography is included. (Contains 29 tables, 50 figures and 1452 notes.) [Funding for this paper was provided by Legacy[R] and the Michael Alan Rosen Foundation.]
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. 633 Third Avenue 19th Floor, New York, NY 10017. Tel: 212-841-5200; Fax: 212-956-8020; Web site: http://www.casacolumbia.org
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: Carnegie Corporation of New York; Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Authoring Institution: National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University
Identifiers - Location: United States