While adolescents and young drivers are receiving substance-abuse prevention messages, the percentage of youth receiving these messages has decreased across the board. According to new information by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), reports show that prevention messages have decreased from 2002 to 2011.

  • In 2002, 83.2% of adolescents were receiving substance-abuse prevention messages from media, and 78.8% received school-based prevention messages.
  • In 2011, 75.1% of adolescents received substance-abuse prevention messages from media, and 74.5% received messages at school.

SAMHSA reports also pointed out that about 40% of adolescents did not have substance abuse talks with their parents the past year. These findings from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health were based on responses from approximately 68,000 people ages 12 and older who were surveyed each year for this information.

While the messages regarding alcohol use and other substance use has declined, it is important that we as a community come together and do a better job of discussing substance abuse with our young people at home, school, and in the community. Even peers can help educate other youth about making safe decisions by saying “no” to drugs and by declining to ride with a drunk driver, even if that driver is their friend.

If your loved one has been harmed by a drunk driver in Georgia, please call the Law Offices of Shane Smith at (770) 487-8999 for a free consultation with an experienced Roswell DUI victim attorney and begin your journey toward seeking justice and compensation for your damages.

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