To lessen the demand for illicit street drugs through education.
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Ms. Elana Clavner's 3rd grade class at Cleveland Community School make Play-Doh brains during a lesson from NIDA's Brain Power!
Just the Facts
In the United States, addicts and abusers spend $64 billion annually on illicit drugs, according to the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). Experts in law enforcement estimate that over 60% of the revenue used to feed addiction comes from crime. Money also comes from family members, unaware that their life savings are disappearing.
In 2009, one out of three drivers killed in motor vehicle crashes who were tested for drugs, had tested positive for at least one prescription medication or illicit drug, according to ONDCP.
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"Heroin: Old Drug, New Killer Epidemic
Rachel from Cleveland, Ohio
Hi, my name is Rachel, and I’m an alcoholic and an addict. Today, I have 11 months of sobriety, and life has gotten so much better since I got sober! But before that happened…
My partying began in middle school, when I started to feel awkward, out of place, and extremely nervous. It wouldn’t be until years later that I found out that the nervousness was actually panic attacks. I remember having a few friends over for a sleep over and sneaking beer and wine coolers out of my parents’ basement fridge out for us to pass around and enjoy. I don’t consider this as my “first drunk.”
My first drunk was the summer before high school started. I had been dating a boy, who lived about 45 minutes away from my house, but my mom would drive me out there, and he would take me home sometimes. He was older than me, and I thought I was “in love.” When he broke up with me, I was devastated. I didn’t know what to do to get rid of the feelings I was feeling, to stop the tears from rushing out of my eyes. So, I decided to get drunk. I chugged down about 5-6 beers and wine coolers, plus some cooking sherry (here’s a recommendation: don’t try that at home, or ever) within maybe an hour, an hour and a half, and I was hammered. I thought I had learned a valuable lesson though, alcohol fixed my problems; it was my best friend, my shoulder to cry on, and would carry me through my rough patches. More ...
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Is Marijuana Addictive?
According to research, the National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that long-term marijuana use can lead to addiction: Difficulty controlling drug use, and cannot stop, even though it interferes with their lives.
An estimated 9% of people who use marijuana will become dependent on it. The number goes up to about 17% in those who start using young (in their teens) and to 25-50% among daily users.
Moreover, a study of over 300 fraternal and identical twin pairs found that the twin who used marijuana before age 17 had elevated rates of other drug use and drug problems later on, compared with their twin who didn't use before age 17.
According to the 2010 NSDUH, marijuana accounted for 4.5 million of the estimated 7.1 million Americans dependent on or abusing illicit drugs. In 2009, approximately 18 percent of people aged 12 and older entering drug abuse treatment programs reported marijuana as their primary drug of abuse; 61 percent of persons under 15 reported marijuana as their primary drug of abuse.
Sanford-Brown College volunteers assemble NIDA classroom materials.
Sanford-Brown College volunteers assemble NIDA classroom materials. Thank you!
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