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Interesting Facts and Statistics:
The percentage of teens aged 12 to 17 perceiving great risk in having five or more drinks of an alcoholic beverage once or twice a week increased from 38.2 percent in 2002 to 40.5 percent in 2008. The rate of past month binge alcohol use among teens decreased from 10.7 percent in 2002 to 8.8 percent in 2008.
One of the most serious physical problems that the abuse of crystal methamphetamine can cause in inflammation of the lining of the heart.
The withdrawal symptoms that are related to Xanax and other benzodiazepines are the opposite of the therapeutic effects of these drugs; severe withdrawal symptoms have been noted, especially in relation to the short-acting benzodiazepines, which include Xanax.
Most teens aged 12 to 17 believed their parents would "strongly disapprove" of their using substances. In 2006, 91.4 percent of teens aged 12 to 17 reported that their parents would strongly disapprove of their smoking one or more packs of cigarettes per day. A majority of teens (90.4 percent) reported that their parents would strongly disapprove of their trying marijuana or hashish once or twice, and 89.6 percent reported their parents would strongly disapprove of their having one or two drinks of an alcoholic beverage nearly every day. These rates of perceived parental disapproval in using substances in 2006 were similar to those reported in 2005.
Cigarette initiation increased from 2.4 million in 1991 to 3.5 million in 1996, then decreased to 2.8 million in 1999. Initiation of cigarette use among teens aged 12 to 17 significantly decreased from 2.0 million in 1999 to 1.6 million in 2000, continuing a decline observed since 1996.
Among teens aged 12 to 17, there was a significant increase between 2000 and 2001 in the rate of current illegal drug use among boys (from 9.8 to 11.4 percent), but no significant difference was noted among girls (from 9.5 to 10.2 percent).