New Hampshire Struggles To Control Substance Abuse in Teens
According to a new nationwide demographic, New Hampshire is the #2 best state for child contentment but they’re falling way behind when it comes to controlling narcotic use and alcohol consumption among teens. New Hampshire is one of the worst states with teens abusing illicit drugs and substances, according to the Concord Monitor.
New Hampshire is one of five states that have horrifying amounts of teens using drugs and alcohol. Health officials say that the portion of teens that admitted to abusing drugs and alcohol has been continuous between 2011 and 2013. There are more than 6,000 teens abusing illicit substances, according to New Hampshire Kids Count.
“I think it’s really troubling that our state has such high levels of misuse of alcohol and drugs. This puts it in a national context, it lets us know this is a serious problem. We need to be paying attention to this important issue,” stated New Hampshire Kids Count director, Ellen Fineberg, as reported by the Concord Monitor.
Fineberg wants to look into why so many teens are abusing drugs and alcohol and truly understand the source.
Despite the information from health officials that states New Hampshire is a long way from a clean record of teens, the state says the amount of teens abusing substances has been decreasing. The Youth Risk Behavior Survey polls the years spanning 2003 to 2013 and reports a marked reduction of teen alcohol consumption by 14.2%. The survey also shows that marijuana use decreased by 6.25. The survey took place every two years and showed that during the ten year interval teens use of alcohol decreased by 14.2% and binge drinking dropped 2.3%. Marijuana use experienced its highs and lows but in the end it decreased 6.2%.
If you are aware of anyone suffering from the life altering disease of addiction and they are seeking treatment please contact Drug and Alcohol Rehab New Hampshire or call their 24/7 help hotline (603)244-3372.
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