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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Substance Abuse Among Dropouts

In most cases, a teenager's first exposure to drugs is in high school; most situations involve simple experimentation but sometimes exposure leads to a substance abuse problem. Addiction can lead to all kinds of bad decision making, such as dropping out of school - leading to even more problems...

A new government report has found that high school dropouts are more likely to have substance abuse problems than those who are still in enrolled, especially in 12th grade. Findings also showed that teenagers ages 16 to 18 are more likely to currently use cigarettes, alcohol, marijuana and other illicit drugs, Newswise reports. Dropouts in that age group are more than twice as likely to be current smokers (56.8 percent versus 22.4 percent), the report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) found.
  • 31.4 percent of dropouts use illicit drugs, compared with 18.2 percent.
  • 27.3 percent of dropouts use marijuana, compared with 15.3 percent.
  • 41.6 percent use alcohol, compared with 35.3.
  • 32.3 percent binge drink, versus 23.8 percent.
“The fact that nearly one in seven students drops out of high school has enormous public health implications for our nation,” SAMHSA Administrator Pamela S. Hyde said in a news release. “Dropouts are at increased risk of substance abuse, which is particularly troubling given that they are also at greater risk of poverty, not having health insurance, and other health problems. We have to do everything we can to keep youth in school so they can go on to lead healthy, productive lives, free from substance abuse.”


  1. Love your blog! I've been conducting a lot of research into alcohol rehab and addiction and I've found your article to be really helpful so I just wanted to say thank you!

  2. Thank you for sharing this post. Teens are really exposed to alcohol and substance abuse. That's why we should take good care of our children and guide them.


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