Report Shows More People in Treatment Started Using Drugs at an Earlier Age

Over 160,000 people admitted for drug addiction treatment in 2003 started using drugs before the age of 13.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released a report from ongoing monitoring of the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) showing an increase in the number of people in treatment for drug addiction who started at an earlier age.

The report tracked treatment admissions from 1993 to 2003 and the percentage of people in treatment who started using drugs before the age of 13 had increased from 12% to 14% during that time span. The total number of people jumped from about 114,000 to more than 162,000.

In a SAMHSA release, Administrator Charles Curie exclaimed, “Age at first use is an important predictor of the potential for serious substance abuse problems later in life. The increase in the proportion of the admissions for drug use before age 13 should be a wake-up call to parents to speak with their children early and often about the dangers of drug use.”
Source: (PRWEB) February 1, 2006

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