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Number of first time Marijuana users increasing; 2010 HHS’ SAMHSA NSDUH survey shows

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The estimated number of people using marijuana for the first time appears to be increasing, according to data from the 2010 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH). More than 2.4 million persons ages 12 or older used marijuana for the first time in 2010, compared to the most recent low of 2.1 million in 2006. The abuse of prescription drugs continues to rival that of marijuana.

For more statistics about drug abuse, visit the 2010 SAMHSA NSDUH Survey here.

Support Red Ribbon Week

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Red Ribbon Week takes place October 23-31. Red Ribbon Week is the largest drug prevention program in the Nation. The theme for this years Red Ribbon Week Celebration is “It’s Up to Me to Be Drug Free!”

Help support Red Ribbon Week and show your commitment to a drug-free environment by:

Enter the Red Ribbon Photo Contest
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U. S. ED’s OSDFS’ Safe and Supportive TA Center Announces a Webinar on Substance Abuse Prevention

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The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools’ Safe and Supportive Schools Technical Assistance Center announces the next event in its School Climate Webinar series on substance abuse prevention.

This Webinar will be offered twice to accommodate schedules:

  • Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., EST.
  • Thursday, October 13, 2011, 11:00 a.m. − 12:30 p.m., EST.

Please register for one of the sessions at:

Those who successfully register will receive an e-mail confirmation, and information on how to connect to each Webinar will be sent to those who register before the event.

During this Webinar, Dr. William Hansen, an internationally recognized expert in prevention, will focus on recent research on effective prevention practice and its implications for practitioners. Specifically he will:

  1. Explore current trends in substance abuse among American youth
  2. Review the latest evidence on effective prevention strategies
  3. Identify strategies for strengthening current practice in substance abuse prevention

Audience: This Webinar is appropriate for all levels of school staff, administration, and policymakers.

For more information, email

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