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January 2007

The Good News

Youth Drug Use is Declining...
Over the past five years there has been a 23% reduction in the number of young people using illegal drugs.This means that 840,000 fewer young people are using drugs in 2006 compared to 2001.

The Bad News

Perscription Drug Abuse is Way Up, and Remains Troubling.
Use of OxyContin among 8th graders has almost doubled. Use of sedatives among high school seniors increased 18.3%. More than 1 in every 10 high school seniors is a user of illegal sedatives.

               
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