Over 160,000 people admitted for drug addiction
treatment in 2003 started using drugs before the age of
(PRWEB) February 1, 2006 -- The
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
(SAMHSA) recently released a report from ongoing
monitoring of the Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS)
showing an increase in the number of people in treatment
for drug addiction who started at an earlier age.
The report tracked treatment admissions from 1993 to 2003
and the percentage of people in treatment who started
using drugs before the age of 13 had increased from 12
percent to 14 percent during that time span. The total
number of people jumped from about 114,000 to more than
In a SAMHSA release, Administrator Charles Curie
exclaimed, “Age at first use is an important predictor of
the potential for serious substance abuse problems later
in life. The increase in the proportion of the admissions
for drug use before age 13 should be a wake-up call to
parents to speak with their children early and often about
the dangers of drug use.”
Education and prevention efforts must start at earlier
ages, and must start at home. Our children need to know
everything about drugs and the damage they cause and this
can be done without building their curiosity or using
scare tactics. Simple communication with the truth is what
Narconon Arrowhead’s drug education and prevention program
works with kids, parents, ministers, counselors, teachers
and anyone else in an effort to create and maintain
drug-free youth. While the program includes a very
successful rehabilitation program based on the research
and developments of American author and humanitarian L.
Ron Hubbard, the professionals working in the treatment
center would much rather not have to see those kids in the
future going through treatment.
Take the time to speak to your kids about drug and alcohol
abuse, and let’s make a better society for all.
For more information or help, contact Narconon Arrowhead
today at 1-800-468-6933 or visit
www.stopaddiction.com. Free downloadable drug
information is also available at
www.drug-education.org. Act now before it’s too late.