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Substance Abuse and Sexual Risk Show Town-Gown Divide

December 2009
Compares data on substance abuse and sexual risk among college students and their peers who do not attend college.

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Teens With Unhealthy Weight-Control Behavior Are More Likely to Abuse Drugs

December 2009
Highlights data on unhealthy eating behaviors, such as fasting or purging, and substance abuse problems among teens.

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Most People Entering Drug Treatment Have Additional Mental Health Problems

November 2009
Highlights data on the prevalence of people entering substance abuse treatment programs who also reported having at least one co-occurring mental health problem.

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United States Ranks First in Lifetime Use of Three Drugs

November 2009
Highlights the disproportionately high rate of Americans who have used cocaine at some time during their lives as compared with other nations surveyed.

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Smoking and Drinking Continue to Decline, But Marijuana Stalls in Latest MTF Survey

October 2009
Highlights trends from a 2008 survey of teenage substance abuse, cigarette smoking and alcohol use and discusses the implications of these changing data.

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Lower Rates of Cigarette and Marijuana Smoking Among Exercising Teens

October 2009
Highlights prevalence rates of cigarette and marijuana smoking among teens who exercise regularly as compared with their less active peers.

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High School Seniors Report Alcohol- or Drug-Impaired Driving Experiences

April 2009
Examines the incidence of high school seniors’ alcohol- or drug-related driving experiences based on 2001 through 2006 data.

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Fewer Young Adults Abuse Cocaine and Methamphetamine, National Survey Finds

December 2008
Reports prevalence rates of illicit drug abuse among youths and young adults based on 2007 data from a national survey of drug use and health.

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Reduced Longevity Among Male Heroin Abusers, 1962-1997

June 2008
Reviews the changing lifespan of heroin abusers as compared with that of the general U.S. population based on 1962-1997 data.

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Alcohol Abuse Makes Prescription Drug Abuse More Likely

March 2008
Reports on results from a study showing that men and women with alcohol use disorders are more likely to report nonmedical use of prescription drugs than people who don't drink at all.

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