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November 13, 2008

Tips to Help - Week 3

Nov. 12, 2008 — ENOUGH and the Carter County Drug Task Force is offering some information and Tips To Help along with Partnership For A Drug Free America. Pastor Jim Varney who serves as president of ENOUGH says that prevention and awareness education are the most needed tools we can offer. Therefore, those who are laboring faithfully for a Drug Free Carter County have agreed to offer Tips For Help over the next few weeks. Information will be taken from an organization called Parents the Anti-Drug. You can access this resource by visiting their website (ParentingTips@TheAntiDrug.com). In addition Pastor Varney is willing to come to churches, clubs, or any interested group and offer ÒHow to Drug Proof Your KidsÓ as a seminar. The march on September 30, 2007 continues.

Teens, Drugs, and Driving

Teens of driving age are at a higher risk for using marijuana than other teens.

¥ A recent study found that high school students are more likely to drink, smoke cigarettes, and smoke marijuana during the period immediately after earning their drivers' licenses and their driving behaviors become riskier with more driving experience.

¥ One in four (27 percent) 16-year-olds reported using marijuana in the past year compared to 18 percent of 15 year olds.

¥ Approximately 271,000 16-year-olds reported driving under the influence of illicit drugs in 2003.

Today's teens are just as likely to drive under the influence of marijuana as alcohol.

¥ According to Monitoring the Future data, approximately one in six (15 percent) teens reported driving under the influence of marijuana, a number nearly equivalent to those who reported driving under the influence of alcohol (16 percent), despite higher prevalence of alcohol consumption among teens.

¥ A majority (68 percent) of licensed teen drivers who use drugs regularly report that they "drug and drive."

¥ Only 18 percent of teens cited "planning to drive" as a top reason to not use drugs. Nearly twice as many (30 percent) cited "planning to drive" as a reason not to drink.

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