In many ways, it’s an invisible problem. More and more adolescents are turning to unhealthy, dangerous coping mechanisms, yet so many of us are in denial, leaving us unable to help them escape. Whether we like to believe them or not, the statistics are clear. Substance abuse, drug addiction, self harm, and eating disorders are on the rise, affecting a startling percentage of American teens.
- Surveys have shown that more than half of all American children and teens have consumed alcohol before the age of 20, putting them at higher risk for academic, legal, and sexual development issues as well as homicide and suicide. Eight percent have driven after consuming alcohol.
- About 36% of American high school seniors have used marijuana, and 7.5% have used Vicodin for non-medical purposes