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No.40 " Survey Finds Teens Using Cigarettes, Drugs Less" (By David A. Vise from Washington, Friday, September 1, 2000)

『十代の煙草、薬物使用率減少』。12歳以上の十代の若者67000人を対象にした薬物使用調査、及び今年度の薬物使用に関する全国調査(National Household Survey on drug use)に見られる統計数字を幾つか紹介します。

Teenagers' drug use declined by 9 percent last year and by 21 percent over the past two years, mirroring the continuing drop in the crime rate, according to a major survey that federal officials released yesterday.


Cigarette use among teens fell from 19.9 percent in 1997 to 15.9 percent last year.


We have miles to go when 14.8 million Americans were current users of illicit drugs in 1999. And we have miles to go if even a single young person is letting his or her dreams--and life--go up in a cloud of marijuana or cigarette smoke.


以下は、(多分)民間団体"the Partnership for a Drug Free America"の広報担当、Howard Simonの発言。
Simon said that although the results of the household survey are encouraging in regard to teenagers, they highlighted a serious problem among 18- to 25-year-olds, whose rate of illegal drug use increased 28 percent in the past two years, from 14.7 percent to 18.8 percent.


以下は、National Drug Control Policy Director Barry R. McCaffrey の発言。
"Sadly, now that this age group has established drug use patterns, they and our society will be dealing with the harms associated with increased drug use and disease, overdoses, health care costs, crime and the like for years to come as they grow older," he said.


In the District, 7.6 percent of those interviewed said they used illegal drugs in the past month, while 5.3 percent of those in Maryland and 4.7 percent of Virginians said they used illicit substances.


In response to the report, President Clinton called on Congress to fully fund the administration's anti-drug and anti-smoking initiatives.


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