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NCJ Number: 196879 Find in a Library
Title: Juveniles and Drugs Fact Sheet
Author(s): Michele Spiess
Corporate Author: Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse
United States of America
Date Published: June 2003
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse
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Document: PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report summarizes current information on juveniles and illicit drugs, including information on youth drug use, juvenile drug-related crime, and programs designed to prevent or treat juvenile drug abuse.
Abstract: Results from the 2001 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse indicate that 10.8 percent of youth ages 12 to 17 were current drug users, having used an illicit drug at least once in the month before being interviewed. The survey also indicates that the earlier in life people initiate drug use, the more likely they are to develop a drug problem. Results from the 2000 National Household Survey on Drug Abuse indicate that increased rates of past-month use of cigarettes, alcohol, or any illicit drug had a deleterious effect on students' grades. Substance abuse by juveniles can result in health-related problems (including mental health) or death, academic difficulties, risky behaviors, poor peer relationships, and involvement with the juvenile justice system. This report provides information on the possible side effects of the following drugs: amphetamines/methamphetamine, inhalants, marijuana, and MDMA (ecstasy). During 2001, State and local police agencies reported 139,238 drug abuse arrests of juveniles under 18 years old. Juvenile drug courts have been established in many jurisdictions to offer the option of intensive treatment under court supervision. For youth ages 12 to 17, the number admitted to treatment facilities in the United States increased from 95,000 in 1992 to 131,176 in 2000. This increase has been attributed to a growth in admissions that involve marijuana and an increase in referrals to treatment through the criminal justice system. Longer stays by juveniles in treatment programs can decrease drug and alcohol use and criminal activity, while improving school performance and psychological adjustment. 15 tables, 1 figure, and 32 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug use
Index Term(s): Drug effects; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug courts; Juvenile drug treatment; Juvenile treatment methods
Note: ONDCP Drug Policy Information Clearinghouse Fact Sheet
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