AUGUST FAST FACTS
The estimated cost of illicit drug and alcohol use in America is $428 billion dollars a year in costs related to crime, lost worker productivity and health care. (NIDA, 2015)
79.5% of 12th graders and 37% of 8th graders report marijuana is fairly easy or very easy to obtain. (MTF, 2015)
In 2014, eCigarettes surpassed cigarettes as the most commonly used tobacco product by middle and high school students. (CDC, 2015)
Energy drinks used in excess or in combination with alcohol or drugs pose a serious health risk. Alcohol energy drinks have high alcohol content, sometimes as high as 12% as compared with 5% for a typical can of beer. The caffeine masks the feeling of drunkenness, also known as “wide-awake drunkenness.” Teenagers who mix alcohol with energy drinks were four times more likely to meet the criteria for alcohol use disorder. (NCADD, 2015)
MONTHLY FAST FACTS
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