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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in Kansas in 2008 approximately 21,000 young people between the ages of 12 and 17 had abused alcohol or illicit drugs like marijuana, heroin, or cocaine. According to the National Substance Abuse Index, marijuana is the drug that most 12-17 year old were admitted for. SAMHSA also reports that in 2008 many teens in Kansas who needed treatment for illicit drug or alcohol abuse did not receive treatment. An approximated 9,000 youths (12-17 years old) needed treatment for illicit drugs and 15,000 youth (12-17 years old) needed treatment for alcohol abuse, but did not receive it.

According to the NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse) funded study Monitoring the Future, 2011 saw the following nationwide trends: an increase in marijuana use and use of ecstasy (MDMA), steady use of other drugs like meth, hallucinogens, and heroin compared with previous years, but a nationwide decrease in the use of alcohol. Young people are at risk when using drugs because they are more likely to become addicted more quickly than adults. It can also affect many areas of their lives. If you know a young person who is abusing drugs or alcohol, or if you are a young person yourself, please visit our website for information on where you can get help in Kansas.
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