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  • Greater than 70% of all teen deaths are due to just 3 causes: accidents, homicides, and suicides.
  • All of these causes are strongly linked to teen drinking and drug use.
  • Alcohol is responsible for more teen deaths than all other drugs combined.
  • Over 35% of motor vehicle crash deaths result from teens who drank before they drove.
  • An additional estimated 25% of crash deaths result from drug use, or riding in a car with a drunk driver.
  • All together, substance use accounts for almost 60% of accidental deaths among teens.
  • Research shows that teen alcohol and drug use are associated with serious risks to health and future.
  • Physical Health: injuries, overdose, vomiting and choking injuries, liver damage, kidney damage, acute and chronic brain damage
  • Mental Health: addiction, depression, anxiety, psychoses, ADHD, learning disabilities, PTSD
  • Reproductive: sexual assaults, unprotected intercourse, unintended pregnancy, fetal alcohol syndrome, sexually transmitted infections, HIV/AIDS
  • Educational: poor grades, disciplinary actions, less achievement in sports and performing arts, lower chance of college admission
  • Current and lifetime rates of alcohol and drug usage by High school seniors:
  • Only 1/4 are getting drunk, less than 1/5 are smoking marijuana, and less than 1/10 are using any other drug.
  • Lifetime rates are higher, but these rates include students who may have tried drinking only once.
  • The bottom line: Substance use is not the norm in high school.