I think everyone agrees that juvenile substance abuse is a problem and that it should be dealt with consistently and rationally. So, based on this story of a new SAMHSA report, which substances should we be most on guard about and deal with first?
A snapshot of an average day in the lives of U.S. teens shows hundreds of thousands are smoking, drinking and ingesting illegal drugs, according to a report from the federal government.
On an average day, nearly 1.2 million teenagers smoked cigarettes, 631,000 drank and 586,000 used marijuana, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration found.
Nearly 50,000 used inhalants, 27,000 used hallucinogens, 13,000 used cocaine and 3,800 used heroin, SAMHSA said in its report.
And, oh, yeah, farther down in the article:
It found that the percentage of adolescents using alcohol and drugs declined between 2002 and 2006.