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Statement of Steve Pasierb, President and CEO, Partnership for a Drug-Free America on the Release of the 2007 Monitoring the Future Study
Date:12/11/2007

s strong evidence to support that that Partnership helped drive changes in parents' and kids' attitudes that led to the significant changes in drug using behavior.

Intentional Abuse of Medicines Still a Concerning Problem Among Teens

While the declines in teen drug use are indeed good news, MTF also points to some areas of concern, namely with the continued abuse of medicines among our nation's youth. Prescription drug abuse remains high with virtually no significant drop in nonmedical use of most individual prescription drugs while painkillers are still some of the most commonly abused medications among 12th graders: 1 in 10 reported nonmedical use in the past year.

"These findings from the MTF study echo our own Partnership Attitude Tracking Study and additional research the Partnership has conducted on teens and the abuse of prescription (Rx) and over-the-counter (OTC) medications. Recent Partnership studies corroborate the steady declines in marijuana use among teens, but these findings continue to be overshadowed by the significant and alarmingly high percentage of teens intentionally abusing Rx and OTC medicines to get high."

"Today's teens are taking the risk of getting high from products they all too easily find at home," said Pasierb. "Communication between parents and kids is remains the most effective prevention tool when it comes to protecting your teen from abusing medications or street drugs. Kids who report learning 'a lot' about the dangers of drugs at home are up to 50 percent less likely to use."

While the MTF data is definitely very good news, it should also serve as a reminder to parents and caregivers across the country that all teenagers -- regardless of who they are or where they live -- are exposed to the lure of illegal drugs, medicine abuse and drinking. For this reason, the Partnership continues to focus its efforts on motivating, supporting and empowering parents and all caring adults with the resources
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