Teen drug use is on the rise, especially in high-risk urban areas. According to a new study, however, teens often do not voluntarily disclose illicit drug use, even when they know they will undergo a drug test. The study, “Just Say ‘I Don’t’: Lack of Concordance Between Teen Self-Report and Biological Measures of Illicit Drug Use,” is published in the November print issue of Pediatrics (published online Oct. 25). Researchers confidentially surveyed more than 400 high-risk urban teens and their parents in one of the first large, nonclinical biological testing studies. After asking about drug use in a questionnaire, researchers tested teens’ hair samples. Teens were 52 percent more likely to test positive for cocaine in their hair samples than they were to report using cocaine on the questionnaires. Like their teens, parents significantly underreported their own use. Parents also underidentified their teen’s drug use, leading researchers to believe that methods of testing other than self- or parent-report should be considered when estimating teen drug-use prevalence.
Are you all about Saving the Planet? Into environmental concerns? Buy organic?
Well, someone else’s drug use is messing with your goal.
From clear cutting of rain forests in Central and South America to make room for coca fields, to the destruction of national forests and park land in the US for growing marijuana, to the dumping of hazardous waste byproducts after manufacture of methamphetamine, illegal drugs have a far reaching impact on the environment. Illegal drug production contributes to deforestation, reduced biodiversity, increased erosion, air pollution and global climate change!
Money made in the illegal drug trade plays a significant role in supporting terrorists in countries around the world.
Fatalities caused by prescription drug abuse are quickly rising in Florida. New reports from the state's medical examiners and a drug research center at Nova Southeastern University show a nearly 40 percent increase in deaths caused by painkillers and other prescription drugs.