Teen Drug Use Is Not Inevitable

Teens and the adults that care about them need to know that the One Choice of no use of any alcohol, nicotine, marijuana or other drugs is a realistic goal and that many teens are already making that choice.

A review of teen drug use statistics from the Australian Secondary Students’ Alcohol and Drug survey shows that there has been a growing percentage of Australian high-school teens that have made One Choice. This following graph shows positive trends in the prevalence of 12-17 year-olds making One Choice:

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  • 34% of Australian teens had never used alcohol in 2017 as compared to 12% in 2002 which is roughly three times as many.

  • 83% of teens had never used cigarettes in 2017 as compared to 53% in 2002 which is also a remarkable improvement.

  • 83% of teens had never used cannabis in 2017 as compared to 75% in 2002. Non-use of cannabis peaked in 2008 at 86%, when the Australian Tough on Drugs prevention program had only recently ceased, and has declined slightly since, showing the importance of good and relevant information to help teens make One Choice.

  • 93% of teens had never used other illicit drugs in 2017, up from 87% in 1999.


In the video below, Drs Sharon Levy and Robert DuPont, the lead authors of a study on similar trends in the US published by the journal Pediatrics, highlight their key findings.

The Goal of Youth Drug Prevention is One Choice

No use of any alcohol, nicotine, marijuana or other drugs for health.


References

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Levy, S., Campbell, M. C., Shea, C. L., & DuPont, R. L. (2018). Trends in abstaining from substance use in adolescents: 1975-2014. Pediatrics, 142(2), e20173498.

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