Fighting Substance Abuse and Addiction

Drugs and alcohol have a greater effect on teens than on adults. The signs of addiction can be difficult to understand, and many adolescents don’t realize the long-term damage drugs have on their bodies because the short-term side effects fade. If you have questions about drug abuse or think that your teen has an addiction, help is available. Find more information here:

The SAMHSA report found that 39.1 percent of gay, lesbian and bisexual adults used illicit drugs in the past year, compared to 17.1 percent of heterosexual adults. In addition, 15.1 percent of gay and bisexual people who participated in the survey reported having a substance use disorder in the past year. The prevalence of past-year drug or alcohol addiction was 8 percentage points lower among the heterosexual participants surveyed. Similarly, substance abuse has been a longstanding concern among the transgender community. According to SAMHSA, some of the most common drugs used by transgender people include marijuana, crack cocaine, methamphetamine and injection drugs. Find more informaiton here: