For those teens admitted for drug or substance abuse in Florida, the majority is for marijuana (National Substance Abuse Index). However, according to the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey, there was a drop in the prevalence of marijuana use amongst middle -school high-school students between 2001 and 2011. Although there was a spike in 2010 in marijuana use amongst teens, this trend seems to have reversed. The Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey also seems to indicate a general downward trend for most substance abuse amongst Florida's youth including a decrease in the use of inhalants and alcohol. However, alcohol remains the drug most abused by youth in Florida with nearly 1 in 8 students stating that they had a binge drinking session at least once. The perception that smoking marijuana or drinking makes a young person seem “cool” to their peers has dropped.
Despite these positive downward trends in the state of Florida, it is important to remember that drug addiction is a disease. For example, approximately 1 in 6 teens who try marijuana will become addicted, but those who smoke it regularly (once a day) increase their risk of addiction by 25 to 50 percent, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Is there a teen or a young person in your life who is abusing drugs? Find out where they can get help by visiting our website.
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