FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Contact: Tom Riley / Rafael Lemaitre 2023956618
Wednesday, July 17, 2002
WHITE HOUSE DRUG CZAR SEES 'HOPEFUL' SIGNS IN ANNUAL PRIDE SURVEY
(Washington, DC)John P. Walters, Director of National Drug Control
Policy, commended the National Parents' Resource Institute for Drug Education,
Inc. (PRIDE) for their research efforts and continuing commitment to help meet
President Bush's goals of reducing drug use in America. The 2001-2002 PRIDE
survey is one of several instruments used by the government to monitor youth
drug use and surveys grades 6 through 12 from August to June.
"This year's PRIDE survey shows hopeful signs of reduced drug use among 101,000
students in 21 states. The September 11th attacks sent shockwaves through our
nation's schools just as kids were beginning their school year. Americans from
all walks of life, particularly children, were reminded of how fragile so many
important things in our society are. This year's PRIDE survey suggests that
young Americans may be taking their lives and communities more seriously by
saying no to drugs."
Below are some of the highlights from the survey:
Combined annual use of illicit drugs fell 9 percent from 24.6 to 22.3
percentwhile combined annual use of alcoholic beverages fell from 52.1
to 50.4 percenta 3 percent rate of decline. Monthly use of any illicit
drugs likewise dropped 9 percent, from 14.8 percent in the previous school
year to 13.4 percent.
Students in the PRIDE survey who said their teachers and parents warn
them "a lot" about drugs reported lower drug use than students who said their
teachers and parents never do so (15 versus 32 percent for teacher warnings
and 17 versus 31 percent for parental warnings).
Students who participated in extra-curricular school activities also used
drugs less (17 percent for those who participate "a lot" versus 32 percent
for those who "never" participate). A similar pattern emerged for students
who attended religious services "a lot" compared to those who "never" attended
(13 versus 36 percent drug use).
Asked when they used marijuana, 2 percent of students said during school,
compared with 14 percent who said they smoked pot on weekends. Less than
1 percent (0.9 percent) said they drank beer and liquor during school, while
nearly a quarter of students said they drank on weekends (26.4 percent beer;
23.9 percent liquor).
More than nine out of ten students (95 percent) in grades 6, 8, 10 and
12 in Ohio said they have seen and heard anti-drug commercials on television
and radio within the past three months, and 74.5 percent said the commercials
have made them less likely to use drugs.
Students who joined gangs used more drugs (61 percent use for gang members
versus 19 percent for non-members).
The PRIDE survey supplements findings from upcoming national samples, including
the Monitoring the Future survey and the National Household Survey on Drug
Abuse. A more complete profile of overall drug use in America will be available
by the end of the year.