More Teens Treated for Addiction Study Finds

More U.S. teens are being admitted to centres to be treated for alcohol and drug abuse, a government report released on Thursday shows. The report, by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), shows that the number of adolescents aged between 12 and 17 admitted to substance abuse treatment increased by 20 percent between 1994 and 1999.
The survey, which covered 1.6 million cases of adults and youths over age 12 who were admitted for treatment at a centre, found that most were abusing alcohol – 47 %.  16% were users of opiates. mostly heroin, 14% used cocaine and 14% marijuana or hashish. More than half the patients abused more than one substance.
But for teen-agers the numbers were dramatically different. In 1994, 43% of teens treated for substance abuse were marijuana users. In 1999, 60% were. Half of them were sent to treatment by the courts, the report finds.  While we can all be thankful that people who need help are getting it, this report shows some of the real-life consequences of marijuana use,” said John Walters, appointed this month as director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Source:   Report from SAMHSA December 2001

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