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SAMHSA’s Award-Winning Newsletter
November/December 2009, Volume 17, Number 6 

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New Data on Adolescents and Risk

Only 40.0 percent of adolescents perceived great risk from having five or more drinks of alcohol once or twice a week, according to a new short report from SAMHSA’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH).

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use among Adolescents also relates that just over one-third (34.2 percent) of adolescents perceived great risk from smoking marijuana once a month.

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Varies by Substance

For some substances, half or more of all adolescents perceived great risk associated with their use.

For example, 69.3 percent of adolescents perceived great risk from smoking one or more packs of cigarettes per day, 57.4 percent perceived great risk from trying heroin once or twice, 50.9 percent perceived great risk from trying LSD once or twice, and 49.7 percent perceived great risk from using cocaine once a month.

Perception of Great Risk from Substance Use among Persons Aged 12 to 17, by Age Group: 2007 and 2008

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Perception of Great Risk from Substance Use among Persons Aged 12 to 17, by Age Group: 2007 and 2008—click to enlarge

Source: 2007 and 2008 SAMHSA National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUHs).

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Varies by Age

The percentage of adolescents who perceived great risk from smoking one or more packs of cigarettes per day was stable across age groups.

However, the perceptions of risk associated with having five or more drinks of alcohol once or twice a week and from smoking marijuana once a month decreased with age, while the perceptions of risk increased with age for cocaine use, heroin use, and LSD use (see chart).

Find out more by downloading Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use among Adolescents.



  News & Updates  
Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

Pamela S. Hyde Sworn in as New Administrator

Read more, view Webcast, and see photos.

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

Parity Law: Lessons Learned from California

Study may help to highlight the need for public education about the Federal parity law.

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Voice Awards Honor Consumer Leaders

Entertainment industry and consumer leaders honored in Hollywood. Photo gallery.


  Publications  
TIP 52:  Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

TIP 52: Treatment Guide to Clinical Supervision

Improving counselors’ skills takes coaching and mentoring.

Guidelines: Responding to Mental Health Crises

Report offers principles for safe interventions.

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

Substance-Exposed Infants: How States Help

Cross-agency, unified approach is recommended.


  Grants  
Funding Opportunities

Funding Opportunities

Call for applications include Peer-to-Peer Recovery program.

Tribal Grants Awarded

In Montana, a tribal group recently accepted a “big check.”


  Homelessness  
New Research Available on Parenting

New Research on Parenting

SAMHSA staff recently guest-edited 11 articles that focus on parenting.

Web Site Update on Co-Occurring Disorders

Web Site Update on Co-Occurring Disorders

New, interactive Web site features a library of tools.


  Adolescents & Substance Use  
“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

“Influencers” Prevent Prescription Drug Misuse

Online toolkit helps family, teachers, and doctors keep teens from abusing prescription drugs.

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Youth Tobacco Trends Show Decline

Fewer youth are using tobacco products.

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Perceptions of Risk from Substance Use

Age relates to teens’ perception of the danger of substance use.


  Suicide Awareness  
Suicide Prevention Update

Suicide Prevention Update

Lifeline’s Twitter, Facebook numbers rise.


  Prevention Update  
Native American Center for Excellence

Native American Center for Excellence

Recent event included a hoop dancing demonstration.



  Also in this Issue  
Gender Differences in Adolescents

Gender Differences in Adolescents

State reports on behavioral health problems presented by gender.

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

New Wallet Cards for 1-800-662-HELP

Order free wallet cards in English and en español.



  


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