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Past and Current Drug Trends

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Past and Current Drug Trends Chemical Dependency in the Workplace Drug use and abuse changes from decade to decade. The various types of cultures in America have an effect on what types of drugs are being used and abused at any given point in time. There are varying types of health problems that occur from drug abuse that range from a bloody nose to depression to liver damage to death. In December 2005, the Gallup Youth Survey proposed questions to some 480 teenagers and the results shows some 31% of the teenagers surveyed claimed that the used of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs is high on their list of concerns. The following will discuss some of the trends within our youth. Alcohol is a readily available drug to people of all ages. The youth in America are starting their consumption of alcohol at an early age. ...read more.

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Tobacco is another drug that is readily available. The National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research conducted a survey called Monitoring the Future National Survey Results on Drug Use in 2005. In their survey they asked children in the eighth grade about tobacco use. More than 12% of the students admitted having their first cigarette during their sixth or seventh grade. About 10% of the students admitted using as early as fifth grade. Smokeless tobacco had its highest rate of initiation between the seventh and tenth grades. The YBRS had determined the current trend of tobacco use, cigarettes or smokeless, by high school students is 23%. In 2002, just over 27% of high school students smoked cigarettes. The lower percentage is mainly due to the decline in those who smoke, the users of smokeless tobacco stayed the same. ...read more.

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In a study that started in 1991 and ran through 2005 children in the eighth grade had the highest prevalence, tenth graders were second, and twelfth graders were third. Marijuana is also one of the first drugs tried by high school students. Of the twelfth graders who admitted to using, 54% said they began using marijuana by the end of the ninth grade. Comparing the marijuana users to the inhalant users, the results are just the opposite. Twelfth graders had the highest prevalence, tenth graders were second, and eight graders were third. Our youth are so vulnerable to drugs and due to peer pressure or the influence of their parents seem to fall into the grasp of drugs easily. It is natural for them to think that my friend is doing it and they don't seem to be affected, so I might as well try it also. The best deterrents to drug abuse are parental involvement in their children's lives along with good drug awareness programs in school, church, and the neighborhood. ...read more.

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