Did you know: Among adolescents, 46 percent of 16- to 17-year-olds, 25 percent of 14- to 15-year-olds, and 9 percent of 12- to 13-year-olds reported using alcohol at least once in their lives. https://store.samhsa.gov/product/facts-underage-drinking/PEP21-03-10-008
Did you know: Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is up to 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. It is a major contributor to fatal and nonfatal overdoses in the U.S. https://www.cdc.gov/stopoverdose/fentanyl/index.html
Did you know: People who begin using marijuana before age 18 are four to seven times more likely than adults to develop a marijuana use disorder. https://nida.nih.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana
Did you know: An estimated 7.6% of 8th graders, 13.1% of 10th graders, and 19.6% of 12th graders reported vaping nicotine in the past 30 days. https://nida.nih.gov/publications/research-reports/tobacco-nicotine-e-cigarettes/what-scope-tobacco-use-its-cost-to-society https://nida.nih.gov/publications/drugfacts/vaping-devices-electronic-cigarettes https://teens.drugabuse.gov/teachers/mind-matters/nicotine
Ten frequently asked questions from teens about drugs and health. It’s okay if some of this information is news to you! https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts/start-conversation-10-questions-teens-ask-about-drugs-and-health#topic-9
Did you know: T he number of adults in the United States who use cannabis more than doubled from 22.6 million in 2008 to 45.0 million in 2019, and the number of daily or near-daily users almost tripled from 3.6 million to 9.8 million in 2019. https://nida.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/2021/06/cannabis-use-may-be-associated-with-suicidality-in-young-adults
Did you know: More people die from opioid overdoses than from any other drug. https://teens.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/NIDA_MindMatters_Web_Opioids_2019_Final.pdf
Did you know: Vaping marijuana and vaping nicotine rose sharply in the past three years among college-age (19-22 years old) adults, according to 2019 survey results from the Monitoring the Future (MTF) study. https://nida.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/2020/09/vaping-marijuana-use-in-2019-rose-in-college-age-adults
Did you know: No single factor determines whether a person will become addicted to drugs. https://nida.nih.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/preface
Did you know: Adolescent alcohol or drug use accelerates very quickly when an untreated mental health disorder is present. https://childmind.org/article/mental-health-disorders-and-substance-use/
Acute (short term) stress is a part of every teen’s life, and learning how to cope with it in a healthy way is key. Help your students understand how this type of stress affects their body, how it differs from the more dangerous constant (or chronic) stress, and learn how to support their mental and emotional health.
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