Study Finds that Vaping among 10th and 12th Graders Leveled Off From 2019-2020, While Substance Use Increased Among 8th Graders  

The latest results from the Monitoring the Future (MTF) study are in and while there are some encouraging signs, much work yet remains to be done. It is important to note that the survey had to be cut short due to COVID-19 so these results do not account for the effect the pandemic may have had on substance use. Here are the main findings: Previous data showed that prevalence of vaping among 8th, 10th and 12th graders doubled from 2017 to 2019: from 7.5% to 16.5% in 8th graders; 15.8% to 30.7% in 10th graders; 18.8% to 35.3%. in 12th...

Study Finds Drastic Increase in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Maternal Opioid-related Diagnoses from 2010-2017

According to a newly published study in JAMA, neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) increased 82%, from 4.0 to 7.3 per 1000 birth hospitalizations in the U.S. between 2010 and 2017. The researchers also found that during the same time-period maternal opioid-related diagnoses increased 131%, from 3.5 to 8.2 per 1000 discharge hospitalizations. The greatest increases were observed among low income, non-Hispanic whites. West Virginia had the highest rates of neonatal abstinence syndrome (54 per 1000) while Vermont had the highest rate of maternal opioid-related diagnoses (47 per 1000). Drug Free America Foundation Epidemiologist Dr. Sharif Mohr said, “Given the gravity of...

NEW!! Alternatives to Incarceration Video

With an estimated 35 million people suffering from substance use disorders globally, which experts consider to be a chronic disease, drug abuse may lead to other crimes and it's often better addressed with rehabilitation rather than incarceration.


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