To lessen the demand for illicit street drugs through education.
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
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.
We need your help to protect our young people from drug addiction. Families are devastated by drug abuse. Our programs offer new solutions and new directions. Prevention starts with education. Your support for substance abuse prevention education is an important first step in making America drug-free.
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Tony from Bakersfield, California
Hi, my name is Tony Patton otherwise known as T.J. I am 26 years old and for now I am stuck in a wheelchair because of my mistakes as a teenager. It was hard growing up in a broken household and I turned anywhere I could for a distraction from my everyday life.
I started experimenting with drugs and alcohol at a young age as many troubled kids do. It was great to escape from reality and forget about my problems. My brother was the first person to introduce me to marijuana when I was 13 years old. At the time, it seemed like the coolest thing in the world! I felt relaxed and it seemed like all my problems had disappeared. On the surface I was calm, cool, and collected, but underneath I was unhappy. I didn’t realize I was starting a journey that would almost end my life completely and am very lucky to be able to share my story with all of you today.
It was difficult to grow up without a mother around, and even more difficult when we were placed into foster care. My first foster parents treated me well but being around the right people wasn’t enough to stop me from doing drugs. At the young age of 13, I put in my first $20 for some weed. I rolled a joint and began my journey to where I am now. 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; that is, people have difficulty controlling their drug use and cannot stop even though it interferes with many aspects of their lives.
It is estimated that 9 percent of people who use marijuana will become dependent on it. The number goes up to about 1 in 6 in those who start using young (in their teens) and to 25-50 percent among daily users.
Moreover, a study of over 300 fraternal and identical twin pairs found that the twin who had used marijuana before the age of 17 had elevated rates of other drug use and drug problems later on, compared with their twin who did not 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!