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NCJ Number: 179828 Find in a Library
Title: Substance Abuse and the American Adolescent
Corporate Author: National Ctr on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA)
United States of America
Project Director: Edward A. Malloy
Date Published: 1997
Page Count: 159
Sponsoring Agency: Carnegie Corporation of New York
New York, NY 10036
National Ctr on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA)
New York, NY 10017-6706
Primerica Financial Services

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Princeton, NJ 08543
Sale Source: National Ctr on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA)
633 Third Avenue
New York, NY 10017-6706
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report examines the current prevalence of substance abuse among American teens and suggests how this dangerous behavior can be reduced by those who influence the attitudes, activities, and conduct of adolescents.
Abstract: The report advises that a combination of factors makes substance abuse a more serious problem to American adolescents than ever before in America's history; never have so many substances of potential abuse been so widely available to teens. With such ready availability, from 1992 to 1996 teen use of nicotine, marijuana, amphetamines, and other illicit drugs such as cocaine, heroin, acid, and inhalants has been increasing. Binge drinking has also begun to increase, particularly among younger teens. Marijuana use among teens has doubled in the past 3 years, and the marijuana they are smoking is far more potent than that of the 1960s. Smoking undermines the health of the cardiovascular system and the lungs; and recent scientific studies in America and in Europe have found that marijuana, nicotine, and alcohol produce similar kinds of changes in brain chemistry as cocaine, heroin, and amphetamines. Because dangerous substances are so available to children and youth in spite of law enforcement efforts to reduce their availability, it is critical to provide programs for children and teens that help them develop the knowledge, skill, and will to resist the enticements to use dangerous drugs. This responsibility falls on those who have the greatest influence on adolescents: parents, teachers, peers, clergy, doctors, and the trend-setting entertainment, fashion, and advertising industries. This report makes suggestions for fulfilling this responsibility. Chapter references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug abusers
Index Term(s): Amphetamines; Cocaine; Drug abuse causes; Drug prevention programs; Heroin; Intoxicant inhalation; Juvenile drug treatment; LSD (acid); Marijuana; Tobacco use; Underage Drinking
Note: DCC
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