If most of the people that you hang out with, or those you know or who live in your neighborhood are doing drugs or alcohol, it's easy to think that a majority of "everyone" is doing the same thing. But statistics do not back up that claim.
Most Teens Don't Get HighThe fact is, most students go all the way through high school without ever doing drugs or getting drunk or even smoking cigarettes for that matter. The annual Monitoring the Future nationwide survey of thousands of 12th graders asks seniors about their substance use during their lifetime.
If you think that "everyone" is getting high, consider these facts about 12th graders in 2009:
- 53.3% never used any illicit drug.
- 58% never smoked marijuana.
- 56.4% never smoked cigarettes.
- 90.5% never did inhalants.
- 90.7% never did tranquilzers.
- 91.8% never did barbiturates.
- 93.5% never did ecstasy.
- 94% never did cocaine.
- 96.1% never did LSD.
- 97.6% never did methamphetamine.
- 98.8% never did heroin.
Make Your Own ChoicesGiven the above statistics, if you are hanging out with a group in which the majority is getting high, you may want to think about making some new friends. You may be headed toward substance abuse problems if you continue to hang around others who routinely drink alcohol, smoke marijuana, abuse prescription drugs or use illegal drugs.
You have choices. You don't have to go along to get along. You don't have to give in to peer pressure. Like the real majority of people your age, you can make safe and healthy choices in your best interest.
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Source: Johnston, L. D., et. al. "Trends in Lifetime Prevalence of Use of Various Drugs in Grades 8, 10, and 12." University of Michigan News Service. (December 14, 2009).