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SAMHSA News - January/February, Volume 16, Number 1


Combating Teen Prescription Drug Abuse

Major Federal Initiative Launched

cover of The Abuse of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs with insert from the brochure

The Abuse of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drugs is a new brochure for parents. Part of the new Federal initiative, the brochure contains statistics from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) recently launched its first major Federal effort to educate parents about teen prescription drug abuse.

Millions of television viewers watched the advertising kickoff of this national public awareness campaign during the Super Bowl on January 24.

The effort includes broadcast, print, and online advertising, community outreach, and new print and online resources.

Though overall teen drug use is down nationwide, more teens abuse prescription drugs than any other illicit drug, except marijuana—more than cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine combined.

Every day, 2,500 kids age 12 to 17 abuse a prescription painkiller for the first time, and more people are getting addicted to prescription drugs. Drug treatment admissions for prescription painkillers increased more than 300 percent from 1995 to 2005.

Teens are abusing prescription drugs because many believe the myth that these drugs provide a “safe” high. Especially troubling is that the majority of teens who abuse prescription drugs say they are easy to get and are often free.

For the full ONDCP press release, visit www.ondcp.gov. Prescription for Danger: A Report on the Troubling Trend of Prescription and Over-the-Counter Drug Abuse among the Nation’s Teens is available online at http://theantidrug.com/pdfs/prescription_report.pdf.

For related SAMHSA efforts, see SAMHSA News online, November/December 2007, and for more information about youth and substance abuse, visit SAMHSA’s Web site at www.samhsa.govEnd of Article

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Inside This Issue
Veterans & Their Families: A SAMHSA Priority
Part 1
Part 2
Resources for Veterans
Statistics: Short Report
Administrator's Message


Grant Funding Opportunities

Science and Service Awards: Call for Entries

Recovery Month 2008 Online

FASD Resources
For Juvenile Justice Professionals
For Teachers

Teen Substance Abuse
Combating Teen Prescription Drug Abuse
Decline in Illicit Drug Use by 8th Graders
Millions of Youth Misusing Cough, Cold Medicines

Integrating Hepatitis Services

Medicaid & Mental Health Services: State by State

New Data on Treatment Facilities: N-SSATS

SAMHSA National Advisory Council: New Members

Staff in the News
Delany Named New OAS Director
President's Volunteer Service Awards

Criminal Justice & Treatment Brochure: Spanish


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SAMHSA News - January/February 2008, Volume 16, Number 1