Teens Likely to Use Alcohol Before Trying Marijuana or Tobacco

Jan 12, 2016  Posted by Ezra Helfand  National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, Inc. (NCADD) “In The News”   Teens are likely to try alcohol before they try either tobacco or marijuana, a new study concludes. The findings come from a study of 2,835 U.S. high school seniors, The Washington Post reports.   The researchers from Texas A&M University and the University of Florida examined data from the Monitoring the Future study, an annual survey of teen substance use. The researchers found that teens were less likely to start using marijuana first, compared with alcohol and tobacco. “Alcohol was the most widely used substance among respondents, initiated earliest, and also the first substance most commonly used in the progression […]

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Drug Use Trends Remain Stable or Decline Among Teens

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) December 16, 2015 The 2015 Monitoring the Future survey (MTF) shows decreasing use of a number of substances, including cigarettes, alcohol, prescription opioid pain relievers, and synthetic cannabinoids (“synthetic marijuana”). Other drug use remains stable, including marijuana, with continued high rates of daily use reported among 12th graders, and ongoing declines in perception of its harms. The MTF survey measures drug use and attitudes among eighth, 10th, and 12th graders, and is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The survey has been conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor since 1975. For the first time, daily marijuana use exceeds daily tobacco cigarette use among 12th graders. […]

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ETCADA Is Hiring For Counselor Position

OSAR Counselor position is open for a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor who is a self-motivated, energetic individual. This position provides outreach, screening, assessment and referral services to individuals who may have a substance use disorder(s).  Current LCDC or QCC in good standing with the State of Texas.  EOE email resume to Connie Caldwell  ccaldwell@etcada.com

Male and female drinking patterns becoming more alike in the U.S.

NEWS RELEASE Monday, November 23, 2015 In the United States, and throughout the world, men drink more alcohol than women.  But a recent analysis by scientists at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, indicates that longstanding differences between men and women in alcohol consumption and alcohol-related harms might be narrowing in the United States. Researchers led by Aaron White, Ph.D., NIAAA’s senior scientific advisor to the director, examined data from yearly national surveys conducted between 2002 and 2012. “We found that over that period of time, differences in measures such as current drinking, number of drinking days per month, reaching criteria for an alcohol use disorder, and driving under the influence of alcohol in […]

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10% of US adults have drug use disorder at some point in life, 75% report not receiving treatment

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 NIAAA Press Office 301-443-3860 NIAAAPressOffice@mail.nih.gov   A survey of American adults revealed that drug use disorder is common, co-occurs with a range of mental health disorders and often goes untreated. The study, funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), part of the National Institutes of Health, found that about 4 percent of Americans met the criteria for drug use disorder in the past year and about 10 percent have had drug use disorder at some time in their lives. “Based on these findings, more than 23 million adults in the United States have struggled with problematic drug use,” said George F. Koob, Ph.D., NIAAA director. “Given these numbers, and other recent findings about the […]

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