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National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

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 National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week® is an opportunity for teens to SHATTER THE MYTHS® about drugs and drug use. In community and school events all over America, teens, scientists and other experts come together to ask experts questions about how drugs affect the brain, body, and behaviors.

 

Test Your Knowledge!

 

 

 

What percentage of teens who use e-cigarettes are likely to start smoking traditional cigarettes within 6 months?

A.      7 percent

B.      31 percent

C.      52 percent

D.     79 percent

 Answer…

About 31 percent of teens who use e-cigarettes will start smoking within 6 months, compared to only 8 percent of teens who do not use e-cigarettes. You can learn more about e-cigarettes use by teens at www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/infographics/teens-e-cigarettes

 

The chemical in the marijuana plant that causes the “high” is called:

A.      Delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC)

B.      Dronabinol

C.      Cannabidiol (CBD)

D.     Cannabis Sativa

Answer…

THC is the ingredient that causes the “high.” On average, THC levels in marijuana are greater than they used to be. Very high-potency forms of marijuana, such as hash oils and resins as well as some edibles, can cause bad reactions—leading some people to end up in the emergency room with uncomfortable side effects. You can learn more about marijuana at www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana

 

Among kids ages 12 to 17, how many drank alcohol in the past month? On average:

A.      Very few: about 1 out of 10

B.      Half: 5 out of 10

C.      Most: 8 out of 10

D.     All: 10 out of 10

Answer…

Very few kids ages 12 to 17 –about 1 out of 10—drank alcohol in the past month. So MOST—about 9 out of 10 kids—did not. You can find more statistics related to alcohol use at https://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-DetTabs2014/NSDUH-DetTabs2014.pdf

 

About how many people in the U.S. die every year from overdosing on prescription pain relievers (called “opioids”)?

A.      750

B.      2,300

C.      9,500

D.     19,000

Answer…

About 19,000 people died from a prescription pain reliever overdose in 2014, more than 3 times the number in 2001. You can learn more about overdose deaths at www.drugabuse.gov/related-topics/trends-statistics/overdose-death-rates

 

Synthetic cannabinoids are also called what? Check all that apply:

A.      Bath salts

B.      Medical marijuana

C.      K2

D.     Cannabis

Answer…

Synthetic cannabinoids, also called K2, spice, or sometimes herbal incense, refer to a growing number of man-made, mind-altering chemicals that are either sprayed on dried, shredded plant materials so they can be smoked or sold as liquid to be vaporized and inhaled in e-cigarettes and other devices. Because they often act on the same brain cell receptors as marijuana, some people call synthetic cannabinoids “fake weed,” but they affect the brain more powerfully and differently than marijuana. You can learn more about synthetic cannabinoids at www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/synthetic-cannabinoids

 

About how many nonsmokers die each year from secondhand exposure to smoke from cigarettes, cigars, hookahs, and other tobacco products?

A.      1,200

B.      7,800

C.      41,000

D.     130,000

Answer…

The harmful effects of smoking extend far beyond the smoker. Each year, an estimated 88 million nonsmoking Americans are regularly exposed to secondhand smoke, and almost 41,000 nonsmokers die from diseased caused by secondhand smoke exposure. You can learn more about secondhand smoke exposure at www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/cigarettes-other-tobacco-products

 

Which of these is a symptom of alcohol overdose:

A.      Irregular breathing

B.      Confusion

C.      Vomiting

D.     All of the above

Answer…

Alcohol overdose occurs when there is so much alcohol in the bloodstream that areas of the brain controlling basic life-support functions—such as breathing, heart rate, and temperature control—begin to shut down. Symptoms of alcohol overdose include confusion; difficulty remaining conscious; vomiting; seizures; trouble breathing; slow heart rate; clammy skin; dulled responses, such as no gag reflux (which prevents choking); and extremely low body temperature. If you suspect someone is experiencing an alcohol overdose, get medical help immediately. Cold showers, hot coffee, or walking will not reverse the effects of alcohol overdose and could actually make things worse. Left untreated, alcohol overdose can lead to permanent brain damage or death. You can learn more about alcohol overdose at www.pubs.niaa.nih.gov/publications/AlcoholOverdoseFactsheet/Overdosefact.htm

 

 

 

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