Know the Facts

This work is a marathon, not a sprint. The opioid crisis is a complex issue that needs a complex solution. We need the  entire community to join the movement and to get engaged to bring recovery to our county and to our state. — Peggy Geisler, Executive Director of the Sussex County Health Coalition


The FACTS

  • 90% of addictions get their start in the teenage years. CASA Columbia, 2012
     
  • Drug overdoses kill more than cars, guns and falling each year. CDC, 2011
     
  • One person dies every 19 minutes from a prescription drug overdose in the United States. The Partnership at Drugfree.org
     
  • 9 Million adolescents and young adults between the ages of 12–25 need help with drug and alcohol problems. 2009, National Study on Drugs and Health
     
  • $374 billion dollars per year are spent by federal and state governments on substance abuse and addiction, but only 1.9% of this dollar amount is spent on drug and alcohol prevention & treatment. The Partnership at Drugfree.org
     
  • 85 Million people are impacted in some way by substance abuse from family members, friends, care givers & employers. There are many organizations like JFS who is here to provide Grief support and other serves for the families.

Alcohol

NSDUH 2017-2018 (“National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Comparison of 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Population Percentages.” Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) - CLICK FOR MORE

  • 17.72% of 12-20 year olds in Delaware report past month alcohol use
  • 10.2% of 12-20 year olds in Delaware report binge drinking in the past month (binge drinking defined as 4 drinks in a row for females and 5 drinks in a row for males)
  • 43.34% of 12.17 year olds report a perception of great risk from binge drinking once or twice a week

2019 Delaware Middle School YRBS (“2019 Delaware Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Administered by the Center for Drug and Health Studies, University of Delaware.) - CLICK FOR MORE

  • 19% of DE middle school students report ever drinking alcohol in their lifetime
  • 5% of DE middle school students report drinking alcohol in the past month

2019 Delaware High School YRBS (“2019 Delaware Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Administered by the Center for Drug and Health Studies, University of Delaware.) - CLICK FOR MORE

  • 13% of high school students binge drank at least once in the past month
  • 12% of surveyed high school students had their first drink of alcohol before age 13
  • 25% of surveyed high school students reported drinking alcohol in the past month

Delaware School Survey, 2019 ( “Delaware School Survey.” Center for Drug and Health Studies, University of Delaware.) - CLICK FOR MORE

  • Past month alcohol use among 11th grade students in Delaware has been steadily declining: in 2009, 39% of surveyed students reported past month drinking, and by 2019 this had decreased to 24% of surveyed 11th grade students reporting past month drinking.

Monitoring the Future 2019 ("National Survey Results on Drug Use, 1975-2019." Monitoring the Future (MTF). University of Michigan.) - CLICK FOR MORE

  • Nationally, 29.3% of 12th grade students, 18.4% of 10th grade students, and 7.9% of 8th grade students report drinking alcohol in the past month

Marijuana

NSDUH 2017-2018 (“National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Comparison of 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Population Percentages.” Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) - CLICK FOR MORE

  • 14.03% of 12-17 year olds in Delaware report past year marijuana use
  • 8.19% of 12-17 year olds in Delaware report past month marijuana use
  • 22% of 12-17 year olds perceived a great risk in smoking marijuana monthly

2019 Delaware High School YRBS (“2019 Delaware Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Administered by the Center for Drug and Health Studies, University of Delaware.) - CLICK FOR MORE

  • In 2019, 24% of surveyed high school students reported past month marijuana use
  • 6.7% of surveyed high school students first used marijuana before age 13
  • 39% of high school students reported ever using marijuana in their lifetime

Delaware School Survey, 2019 ( “Delaware School Survey.” Center for Drug and Health Studies, University of Delaware.) - CLICK FOR MORE

  • Nearly a quarter (24%) of DE 11th grade students and 8% of 8th grade students report using marijuana in the past month
  • 11% of 11th graders and 3% of 8th graders are “heavy users” of marijuana, meaning they used marijuana more than 6 times in the past month
  • Marijuana use has remained relatively stable among 11th graders in the past 10 years: in 2009 23% of DE 11th graders reported past month marijuana use, and in 2019 24% of 11th grade students reported past month use.
  • The perception of risk associated with regular marijuana use has declined: in 2009 53% of 11th graders and 62% of 8th graders thought that regular marijuana use presented a great risk, but by 2019 these figures have decrease to only 23% of 11th graders and 40% 8th graders still believing there is a great risk in regular marijuana use

Monitoring the Future 2019 ("National Survey Results on Drug Use, 1975-2019." Monitoring the Future (MTF). University of Michigan.) - CLICK FOR MORE

  • In 2019, 22.3% of 12th graders, 18.4% of 10th grade, and 6.6% of 8th graders reported past month marijuana use

Prescriptions

NSDUH 2017-2018 (“National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Comparison of 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 Population Percentages.” Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) - CLICK FOR MORE

  • 2.79% of 12-17 year olds in Delaware report misusing pain relievers in the past year

2019 Delaware High School YRBS (“2019 Delaware Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS).” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Administered by the Center for Drug and Health Studies, University of Delaware.) - CLICK FOR MORE

  • 5% of surveyed high school students in Delaware misused painkillers in the past month
  • 10% of surveyed high school students in DE reported ever misusing painkillers in their lifetime
  • 59% of surveyed high schoolers in DE report that there is a great risk in using prescription drugs without a prescription

Delaware School Survey, 2019 ( “Delaware School Survey.” Center for Drug and Health Studies, University of Delaware.) - CLICK FOR MORE

  • 12% of 11th grade students report misusing any medications in the past year (this figure includes both prescription and over-the-counter medications)

Monitoring the Future 2019 ("National Survey Results on Drug Use, 1975-2019." Monitoring the Future (MTF). University of Michigan.) - CLICK FOR MORE

  • 3.6% of 12th grade students report misusing prescription drug in the past month
  • 8.6% of 12th grade students report misusing prescription drugs in the past year

 


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