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National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week

Drugs and alcohol are a growing concern in today's society, impacting both teens and adults. It is important to understand the facts surrounding this issue in order to prevent substance abuse and addiction.

Here are 5 key facts about drugs and alcohol in teens and adults:

  1. Substance abuse is a major issue among teens. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, 35.7% of 12th graders reported using marijuana in the past year, while 5.8% reported using synthetic cannabinoids. Additionally, 14.0% of 12th graders reported using prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. These statistics demonstrate the need for increased education and prevention efforts aimed at young people.

  2. Alcohol remains the most commonly abused substance among adults. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 86.3% of adults aged 18 or older reported drinking alcohol at some point in their lifetime. Additionally, 26.7% reported binge drinking in the past month. These numbers highlight the need for continued education and awareness campaigns aimed at adults.

  3. Substance abuse can have serious consequences on physical and mental health. Drug and alcohol abuse can lead to a range of health problems, including liver and kidney damage, heart disease, and mental health issues such as depression and anxiety. Furthermore, drug and alcohol abuse can impact relationships, work, and overall quality of life.

  4. Prevention and treatment are key to addressing substance abuse. It is important to implement effective prevention strategies, such as education and awareness campaigns, to reduce the likelihood of substance abuse. Additionally, access to effective treatment options, such as therapy and medication-assisted treatment, can help individuals overcome addiction and maintain long-term recovery.

  5. Substance abuse impacts all communities, but disproportionately affects marginalized populations. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, individuals who identify as LGBTQ+ are more likely to experience substance abuse and addiction. Additionally, individuals living in poverty and those who have experienced trauma or adverse childhood experiences are also at increased risk. It is important to consider the unique challenges faced by these populations and work towards addressing systemic barriers to treatment and support.

In conclusion, substance abuse remains a significant issue in our society, impacting both teens and adults. Understanding the facts and taking action to prevent and treat addiction is crucial to promoting health and well-being for all.


  • National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2020). Monitoring the Future Survey: High School and Youth Trends. Retrieved from

  • Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2019). Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results from the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Retrieved from

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