Rachel N. Lipari, Ph.D.

  • The percentages of adolescents who were exposed to drug or alcohol use prevention messages in the past year by talking with their parents, through the media, or through school sources were generally lower in 2015 than in most years between 2002 and 2012 and were comparable with 2013 and 2014.
  • In 2015, about 3 out of 4 adolescents aged 12 to 17 were exposed to substance use prevention messages in the media or at school, and about 1 out of 2 adolescents talked with their parents about substance use.
  • Exposure to substance use prevention messages in school was highest among adolescents aged 14 to 15 (76.4 percent) and lowest among adolescents aged 16 to 17 (67.9 percent).
  • In 2015, female adolescents were more likely than male adolescents to have been exposed to prevention messages in the past year through media sources, through school sources and to have talked with a parent about the dangers of substance use.


Obviously we need to reinvigorate the “war on drugs” and get back to something like Nancy Reagan’s infamous and effective “just say no”

Dr. Raymond Oenbrink
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