50% of college students binge drink (approximately 8 drinks in two hours) and/or abuse drugs monthly. They don’t just get drunk every month, they get drunk and/or use drugs.
23% of all college students would be diagnosed as fully alcohol or drug dependent. This is 3x the national average.
What are the practical effects of high school & college binge drinking and drug use?
Approximately 32 students killed in one day On average 2500 students are injured daily on college campuses because of the effects of alcohol/drugs. 300 female college students are sexually assaulted daily due to the effects of alcohol/drugs. 5 college students die daily on college campuses due to the effects of alcohol/drugs. W E ALL REMEMBER V IRGINIA T ECH
19 million drug addicts are age 12 and over. Between 1992-2007 the number of drug users declined slightly but the number of drug addicts age 12 and over has doubled.
A GE OF FIRST USE. What’s causing this? 1968: 16 years of age. 2007: 12.5 years of age.
For the first time in history, more people died this year from accidental overdose of prescription drugs than from accidental overdose of illegal drugs.
PRESCRIPTION DRUGS There are as many new users of prescription drugs as there are of marijuana ages 12-17 years.
Accidental deaths caused by prescription drug overdose is exceeding deaths by automobile accidents in a significant number of states; if the present trend continues, prescription drug overdose will be the leading cause of death by accident.
P RESCRIPTION D RUGS Physicians in the United States prescribe more opioids per capita than any other country in the world. The number two country is Denmark, and they prescribe 50% of what we prescribe.
Physicians are told constantly not to undertreat pain. Unfortunately, many physicians are not looking at the science to treat pain. Many simply write more and more prescriptions at higher doses for opioids (200 million last year). There is no evidence that treatment with opioids for more than four months actually helps chronic pain, or that higher doses work where lower ones fail. There is good evidence that higher doses raise the risk of overdose and death.
P RESCRIPTION D RUGS 70% of all prescription drugs that are used come from a patient or from a friend’s medicine chest. There are almost no “dope peddlers” for this drug.
Best estimate, on average in the United States, a patient uses about 6 OxyContin tablets that are prescribed to them. The average prescription for OxyContin in the United States is 60 pills.
The Killer Drug in the United States “It’s Like Being Held in My Mother’s Arms” -high school student
JOHN JUNG No. 1 in his class at University of Wisconsin M.D. graduate of U-Penn in May 2006 MBA from Wharton in May 2006 August 26, 2006 died from adverse effects of cocaine HTTP :// WWW. DRUGFREE. ORG /M EMORIALS /J OHN _J UNG # HTTP :// WWW. JOHNWJUNGMEMORIAL. ORG /
THREE MOST ACCURATE PREDICTORS OF SUBSTANCE ABUSE AMONGST CHILDREN. Age of first use. The gateway drug… tobacco The most important predictor of substance abuse: The higher the age of first use the better. Spirituality The number of times a week you have dinner with your children.
The most moving presentation I’ve ever heard about drugs in America was six sentences long, less than a year ago. The following are the six sentences…
“ M Y NAME IS HOLLY HENNESY AND I LIVE IN PALM BEACH, FLORIDA. S ENTENCE #1:
“ T HIS IS MY SON JASON WHEN HE GRADUATED B ROWN UNIVERSITY IN 2001” S ENTENCE #2:
“THIS IS MY SON’S HARVARD LAW DEGREE IN 2005” S ENTENCE #3:
“T HIS IS MY SON ’ S MBA FROM THE U NIVERSITY OF C HICAGO IN 2008” S ENTENCE #4:
“T HIS IS MY SON J ASON ’ S DRUG OF CHOICE IN 2009” S ENTENCE #5:
“T HIS IS MY SON J ASON IN 2011 THANKS TO O XY C ONTIN ” S ENTENCE #6 :
Signs & Symptoms of Teen Drinking and Drug Use Change in friends, activities or hobbies Negative changes in schoolwork Tardiness Missing school Declining grades Lack of motivation in school Lack of motivation, energy, self-esteem, “I don’t care” Difficulty in paying attention; forgetfulness Use of incense, room deodorant or perfume to hide smoke or chemical odors
Signs & Symptoms of Teen Drinking & Drug Use Subtle changes in conversations with friends (e.g. more secretive, using “coded” language Change in overall attitude/personality with no other identifiable cause Moodiness, irritability or nervousness …more argumentative than normal Loss of interest in family & family activities Excessive need for privacy; unreachable Continual runny nose, coughing (doesn’t go away) Paranoia Change in clothing choices; new fascination with clothes that highlight drug use Increase in borrowing Evidence of drug paraphernalia such as pipes, rolling papers, etc.
Signs & Symptoms of Teen Drinking & Drug Use Evidence of use of inhalant products (such as hairspray, nail polish, correction fluid, common household products); Rags and paper bags are sometimes used as accessories … (especially middle school age) Bottles of eye drops, which may be used to mask bloodshot eyes or dilated pupils New use of mouthwash or breath mints to cover up the smell of alcohol Missing prescription drugs – especially narcotics & mood stabilizers Car accidents
go to www.thestutmangroup.com and click on the “links” section www.thestutmangroup.com read High Society by Joseph Califano Jr. see the most accurate film on drugs; Traffic with Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta- Jones If you want to learn more about substance abuse in the United States: