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 recent study led by the Institute for Behavior and Health, Inc. analyzed data from the Monitoring the Future study showing that for three decades a growing percentage of 8th, 10th and 12th graders have made One Choice.
This graph shows long-term trends in the prevalence of 12th graders making One Choice:
26% have not used any alcohol, marijuana, cigarettes or other drugs in their lifetime
52% have not used any substances in the past month
The Goal of Youth Drug Prevention is
No use of any alcohol, nicotine, marijuana or other drugs for health.
Who Can Make One Choice?
- Anyone - everyone - and it is not time-limited
- Teens who have never used any substance
- Teens who may have used in the past but are making One Choice today
- Individuals with substance use problems actively making One Choice including those in early and long-term recovery