Reports

Exposure to Substance Use Prevention Messages and Substance Use Among Adolescents: 2002 to 2007

U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)

American adolescents (ages 12 to 17) who received messages aimed at preventing drug, alcohol and tobacco use were less likely to use these substances than those who did not hear the warnings, according to a national survey. However, youth exposure to these prevention messages declined significantly from 2002 to 2007.

At the same time, the number of teens who spoke with their parents about tobacco, alcohol and drugs increased by 1.5 percent, the survey showed. In the month those who had spoken with their parents were surveyed, the teens were 10 percent less likely to have drunk alcohol, 15 percent less likely to have smoked cigarettes and nearly 18 percent less likely to have used drugs.

Similarly, youths who were exposed to school-based prevention messages were significantly less likely to use alcohol, cigarettes and drugs than those who received no prevention information at school.

The findings were based on SAMHSA’s National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, comprehensive annual surveys of American drug use from 2002 to 2007. Free, four pages. http://oas.samhsa.gov/ 2k9/prevention/prevention.htm.

Comments

Youth Today is the only independent, internationally distributed digital media publication that is read by thousands of professionals in the youth service field.

Youth Today adheres to high-quality journalistic standards, providing readers with professional news coverage dedicated to examining a wide spectrum of complex issues in the youth services industry from legislation to community-based youth work.

EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE

Our organization retains full authority over editorial content to protect the best journalistic and business interests of our organization. We maintain a firewall between news coverage decisions and sources of all revenue.

DONORS & DONOR TRANSPARENCY

We are committed to transparency in every aspect of funding our organization. Donors may be quoted, mentioned or featured in our stories. Our news judgments are made independently – not based on or influenced by donors. Accepting financial support does not mean we endorse donors or their products, services or opinions…(read more)

Recent Comments

Archives

Categories

Search

Kennesaw State University Mountain Logo & Ceneter for Sustainable Journalism Logo
LOGO Institute for Nonprofit News 3 turquoise boxes stacked in "J" shape

Copyright © 2018 Youth Today and MVP Themes --- Published by Center for Sustainable Journalism,
Kennesaw State University, 1200 Chastain Blvd. Suite 310, Kennesaw GA 30144

To Top