The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) 2008 “Monitoring The Future” study on illicit drug and alcohol use by teens and youth found:

  • 10.9% of 8th graders, 23.9% of 10th graders, and 32.4% of 12th graders use marijuana.

  • 15.4% of 12th graders have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes.

  • Vicodin continues to be abused at high levels.

  • 2.7% of 8th graders, 7.2% of 10th graders, and 9.6% of 12th graders had abused Vicodin.

  • 1.8% of 8th graders, 3.9% of 10th graders, and 5.2% of 12th graders had abused.

From peer pressure to looking for a way to deal with family and life challenges, Drug and alcohol use by teens is a growing problem.

The shortlist of the signs and symptoms of drug/alcohol use includes:

  • Behavioural issues.

  • Changes in relationships with family members or friends.

  • Mood changes or emotional instability.

  • Withdrawal or depression; uncommunicative mood.

  • Periods of sleeplessness or high energy, followed by long periods of sleep.

  • Absenteeism or loss of interest in school or extracurricular activities.

  • Failure to fulfill responsibilities at school or at home.

  • Disappearance of prescription and over the counter drugs, as well as alcohol or money.

  • Personal appearance, habits or action changes.

  • Poor hygiene and personal care.

  • Track marks on arms or legs.

  • Frequently breaking curfew.

  • Using over the counter eye drops (to remove reddening) and/or breath mints and gum more frequently.

Give your students the best opportunities — keep them off drugs.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse’s (NIDA) 2008 “Monitoring The Future” study on illicit drug and alcohol use by teens and youth found:

  • 10.9% of 8th graders, 23.9% of 10th graders, and 32.4% of 12th graders use marijuana.

  • 15.4% of 12th graders have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes.

  • Vicodin continues to be abused at high levels.

  • 2.7% of 8th graders, 7.2% of 10th graders, and 9.6% of 12th graders had abused Vicodin.

  • 1.8% of 8th graders, 3.9% of 10th graders, and 5.2% of 12th graders had abused.

From peer pressure to looking for a way to deal with family and life challenges, Drug and alcohol use by teens is a growing problem.

The shortlist of the signs and symptoms of drug/alcohol use includes:

  • Behavioural issues.

  • Changes in relationships with family members or friends.

  • Mood changes or emotional instability.

  • Withdrawal or depression; uncommunicative mood.

  • Periods of sleeplessness or high energy, followed by long periods of sleep.

  • Absenteeism or loss of interest in school or extracurricular activities.

  • Failure to fulfill responsibilities at school or at home.

  • Disappearance of prescription and over the counter drugs, as well as alcohol or money.

  • Personal appearance, habits or action changes.

  • Poor hygiene and personal care.

  • Track marks on arms or legs.

  • Frequently breaking curfew.

  • Using over the counter eye drops (to remove reddening) and/or breath mints and gum more frequently.

Give your students the best opportunities — keep them off drugs.

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