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Wednesday

02

February 2011

The Statistics on Teenage Drug Abuse in New York

by At-Risk.org Staff, on abuse, drug, new, statistics, substance, teen, york

Parents may not realize just how available illicit drugs are to their children. They may not realize how young children are when they begin to experiment with alcohol and drugs. Statistics can be sobering, and can alert parents to the need to communicate with their children about the dangers of substance abuse and help them develop strategies to cope with peer pressure.

 

Based on the 2006 and 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (SAMHSA),

New York has the middle percentages of teens using illicit drugs, which is about 9%. Highest percentage is about 12%, and the lowest is 7.15% of teens, among persons aged 12 to 17. These numbers are getting higher each year.

 

This statistic goes for all types of drugs, but mostly consumed drug for this age is marijuana. Among teens 12 to 17, the average age of first trying marijuana was 14 years old. Reaction time for motor skills, such as driving is reduced by 41% after smoking 1 joint and is reduced 63% after smoking 2 joints.

 

Ten percent of teens report that they have attended a rave, and ecstasy and other drugs were available at more than two-thirds of these raves.

Teens that drink are 50 times more likely to use cocaine than teens who never consume alcohol

Teenagers whose parents talk to them on a regular basis about the dangers of drug use are 42 percent less likely to use drugs than those whose parents don’t.

More than 60 percent of teens said that drugs were sold, used, or kept at their school.

20 percent of 8th graders report that they have tried marijuana.

28 percent of teens know a classmate or friend who has used ecstasy.

Of high school seniors in 2001, 8.2% reported having ever used cocaine.

 

The following information is regarding drug rehabilitation and substance abuse treatment admissions for the state of New York. Stats are broken down into these categories: Primary drug of abuse or addiction, age group, & cultural background.

 

 

Total

Alcohol only

Alcohol with secondary drug

Cocaine (smoked)

Cocaine (other route)

Mari- juana

Heroin

Meth

Sex

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Male %

75.0

78.6

76.2

64.2

75.3

79.4

75.1

68.5

Female %

25.0

21.4

23.8

35.8

24.7

20.6

24.9

31.5

Age

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12-17 years

4.5

1.0

3.1

0.3

1.5

23.6

0.4

5.7

18-20 years

4.4

1.6

3.7

1.2

3.3

16.9

2.7

8.5

Race

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

White

45.1

63.8

41.9

31.4

39.4

38.9

37.6

75.1

African- American

34.5

20.2

42.2

57.4

37.2

42.6

23.2

14.5

American Indian

0.8

1.1

1.0

0.7

0.6

0.8

0.4

0.2

Asian

0.4

0.6

0.2

0.2

0.4

0.4

0.3

1.5

Other

19.2

14.2

14.7

10.2

22.5

17.3

38.6

8.7

At-Risk.org Staff