Pennsylvania Teen Drug Rehab

Pennsylvania Teen Drug and Alcohol Information

Inspirations for Youth and Families understands that many Pennsylvania teens suffer from addiction. Our Teen Rehab Center has successfully treated Pennsylvania residents as well as those throughout the nation for over a decade by providing them with the necessary tools to not only fight addiction, but win, and ultimately live a clean and sober life.

Why Inspirations?

  • The Inspirations for Youth program focuses on a therapeutic approach which empowers Pennsylvania teens to attain the required coping skills to live a drug and Alcohol-free existence
  • Inspirations highly individualized program – limited to a 32 teens at one time – has a 4-to-1 staff/teen ratio
  • Inspirations’ gender specific program combines academics, therapy and family involvement
  • Inspirations has a landmark Teen Boarding School program which allows teens – who often struggle with education – to continue their path to graduation
  • Teens live in a dorm-like setting and are required to demonstrate accountability by handling most of the supervised housekeeping responsibilities from cooking to laundry
  • Inspirations’ Recreational Therapy program teaches teens to associate fun with sobriety
  • Teens embark on a wide array of day trips running the gamut from NFL football games and beach excursions to deep sea fishing, concerts and movies
  • Typically teens enter a rehab when they’re out of control, unaccountable for their behavior and scared. When teens complete the Inspirations’ program, they’re focused, hopeful and well on their way to a healthful existence
  • Inspirations works with all the leading insurance companies nationwide that operate in Pennsylvania. Finding an insurance solution is just a phone call away. Contact us now
  • Some of the largest Pennsylvania cities where Inspirations have saved teen lives as well as their outlying areas include: Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Allentown, Erie, and Reading

Pennsylvania Teen Drug & Alcohol Statistics

  • In 2007, with a few exceptions, Alcohol, Tobacco, and other Drugs (ATOD) used by Pennsylvania teens was lower than ATOD use measured by Monitoring the Future (MTF), a 2007 national representative survey of adolescent drug use
  • In addition, nearly all 2007 Pennsylvania Youth Survey (PAYS) ATOD prevalence rates were down compared to rates from previous PAYS administrations

Important ATOD Highlights are as Follows

Teen Alcohol Use in Pennsylvania:

Alcohol, including Beer, Wine and hard liquor, are the drugs used most often by adolescents today. Findings from the MTF study highlight the pervasiveness of Alcohol in middle and high schools today. In comparison, Cigarette use (the second most pervasive category of ATOD use) is only about half as prevalent as Alcohol use. Given the national pattern, it is not surprising that Alcohol is the most used drug among students in Pennsylvania.

Teen Lifetime use of Alcohol in Pennsylvania

  • Lifetime prevalence of Alcohol use ranges from a low of 23.9% for 6th graders to a high of 78.4% for 12th graders
  • Overall, 55.4% of Pennsylvania students have used Alcohol at least once in their lifetime
  • Compared to national findings, 8th, 10th and 12th graders reported higher rates of lifetime Alcohol use

Past 30-Day Use of Alcohol by Teens in Pennsylvania

  • Past 30-day prevalence of Alcohol use ranges from a low of 3.3% for 6th graders to a high of 44.8% for 12th graders
  • Overall, 23.2% of Pennsylvania students have used Alcohol at least once in the last 30 days
  • Compared to national findings, 8th graders reported a lower rate of past 30-day Alcohol use and 10th and 12th graders reported similar rates of use

Teen Binge Drinking in Pennsylvania

Binge drinking (defined as a report of five or more drinks in a row within the past two weeks) is extremely dangerous. Several studies have shown that binge drinking is related to higher probabilities of drinking and driving as well as injury due to intoxication. As with Alcohol use in general, binge drinking tends to become more pervasive as students grow older.

  • Across grades, the prevalence rate of binge drinking ranges from a low of 1.4% for 6th graders to a high of 25.7% for 12th graders
  • Overall, 12.5% of Pennsylvania students have reported at least one episode of binge drinking in the past two weeks
  • Compared to national findings, 8th and 10th graders reported lower rates of binge drinking and 12th graders reported a similar rate of use

Teen Marijuana Use in Pennsylvania

During the 1990s, there were notable changes in trends of Marijuana use throughout the United States:

  • Results from the MTF study show increases in both lifetime and past 30-day prevalence rates through the early and mid 1990′s
  • For 8th and 10th graders, the past-30-day rates more than doubled during this period
  • Since 1996 and 1997, when past 30-day Marijuana use peaked, rates have declined

Teen Lifetime Use of Marijuana in Pennsylvania

  • Lifetime prevalence of Marijuana use ranges from a low of 0.9% for 6th graders to a high of 35.7% for 12th graders
  • Overall, 16.4% of Pennsylvania students have used Marijuana at least once in their lifetime
  • Compared to national findings, 8th, 10th and 12th graders reported lower rates of lifetime Marijuana use

Past 30-Day Use of Marijuana by Teens in Pennsylvania

  • Past 30-day prevalence of Marijuana use ranges from a low of 0.2% for 6th graders to a high of 19.2% for 12th graders
  • Overall, 8.5% of Pennsylvania students have used Marijuana at least once in the last 30 days
  • Compared to national findings, 8th and 10th graders reported lower rates of past 30-day Marijuana use and 12th graders reported a similar rate of use

Use of Inhalants by Teens in Pennsylvania

Inhalant use is more prevalent with younger students, perhaps because Inhalants are often the easiest drugs for them to obtain. The health consequences of Inhalant use can be substantial, including brain damage and heart failure. Inhalant use was measured by the survey question “On how many occasions (if any) have you used Inhalants (Whippets, Butane, Paint Thinner, or Glue to sniff, etc.)?” Comparisons with the MTF study (national results) should be made carefully because there are differences in survey questions for this class of drugs.

Teen Lifetime Use of Inhalants in Pennsylvania

  • Lifetime prevalence of Inhalant use ranges from a low of 6.6% for 12th graders to a high of 11.0% for 10th graders
  • Overall, 8.6% of Pennsylvania students have used Inhalants at least once in their lifetimes
  • Compared to national findings, 8th, 10th and 12th graders reported lower rates of lifetime Inhalant use

Past 30-Day Use of Inhalants by Teens in Pennsylvania

  • Past 30-day prevalence of Inhalant use ranges from a low of 1.7% for 12th graders to a high of 3.7% for 8th graders
  • Overall, 2.9% of Pennsylvania students have used Inhalants at least once in the last 30 days
  • Compared to national findings, 8th, 10th and 12th graders reported similar rates of past 30-day Inhalant use

Use of Cocaine by Teens in Pennsylvania

Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant that directly affects the brain. Users may develop tolerance and need more and more of the drug to feel the same effects. Cocaine use can cause a variety of physical problems, including chest pain, strokes, seizures and abnormal heart rhythm.

Teen Lifetime Use of Cocaine in Pennsylvania

  • Lifetime prevalence of Cocaine use ranges from a low of 0.3% for 6th graders to a high of 5.7% for 12th graders
  • Overall, 2.5% of Pennsylvania students have used Cocaine at least once in their lifetime
  • Compared to national findings, 8th, 10th and 12th graders reported lower rates of lifetime Cocaine use

Past 30-Day Use of Cocaine by Teens in Pennsylvania

  • Past 30-day prevalence of Cocaine use ranges from a low of 0.0% for 6th graders to a high of 1.8% for 12th graders
  • Overall, 0.8% of Pennsylvania students have used Cocaine at least once in the last 30 days
  • Compared to national findings, 8th, 10th and 12th graders reported similar rates of past 30-day Cocaine use

Use of Crack Cocaine by Teens in Pennsylvania

“Crack” is the street name given to the freebase form of Cocaine, which has been processed into a less expensive, smokeable drug. Because Crack is smoked, the user experiences a very quick, intense, but short-term high. Smoking large quantities of Crack can cause acute problems, including cough, shortness of breath, and severe chest pains.

Teen Lifetime Use of Crack Cocaine in Pennsylvania

  • Lifetime prevalence of Crack Cocaine use ranges from a low of 0.4% for 6th graders to a high of 1.8% for 10th graders
  • Overall, 1.2% of Pennsylvania students have used Crack Cocaine at least once in their lifetime
  • Compared to national findings, 8th, 10th and 12th graders reported similar rates of lifetime Crack Cocaine use

Past 30-Day Use of Crack Cocaine by Teens in Pennsylvania

  • Past 30-day prevalence of Crack Cocaine use ranges from a low of 0.2% for 6th and 8th graders to a high of 0.9% for 10th graders
  • Overall, 0.5% of Pennsylvania students have used Crack Cocaine at least once in the last 30 days
  • Compared to national findings, 8th, 10th and 12th graders reported similar rates of past 30-day Crack Cocaine use

Use of Heroin by Teens in Pennsylvania

Heroin is a highly addictive drug with rapid effects. Processed from Morphine, Heroin is usually injected, snorted or smoked. Physical dependence on the drug often develops among users. Long-term health problems caused by Heroin use include collapsed veins, Kidney or Liver disease and bacterial infections.

Teen Lifetime Use of Heroin in Pennsylvania

  • Lifetime prevalence of Heroin use ranges from a low of 0.2% for 6th graders to a high of 1.5% for 12th graders
  • Overall, 0.8% of Pennsylvania students have used Heroin at least once in their lifetime
  • Compared to national findings, 8th and 10th graders reported similar rates of lifetime Heroin use and 12th graders reported the same rate of use

Past 30-Day Use of Heroin by Teens in Pennsylvania

  • Past 30-day prevalence of Heroin use ranges from a low of 0.1% for 6th graders to a high of 0.5% for 12th graders
  • Overall, 0.3% of Pennsylvania students have used Heroin at least once in the last 30 days
  • Compared to national findings, 8th and 12th graders reported similar rates of past 30-day Heroin use and 10th graders reported the same rate of use

Use of Hallucinogens by Teens in Pennsylvania

Hallucinogenic drugs can have short and long-term effects on perception and mood. For instance, users of LSD, the most potent mood-and perception-altering drug, may have unpredictable experiences (known as “trips”) ranging from pleasant hallucinations to terrifying thoughts and feelings. LSD can also cause physical complications, including increased blood pressure and heart rate, dizziness, loss of appetite, nausea and numbness. For the purposes of the PAYS, Hallucinogens were defined as Acid, LSD, and “Shrooms.”

Teen Lifetime Use of Hallucinogens in Pennsylvania

  • Lifetime prevalence of Hallucinogen use ranges from a low of 0.2% for 6th graders to a high of 7.3% for 12th graders
  • Overall, 3.4% of Pennsylvania students have used Hallucinogens at least once in their lifetime
  • Compared to national findings, 8th graders reported a lower rate of lifetime Hallucinogen use and 10th and 12th graders reported similar rates of use

Past 30-Day Use of Hallucinogens by Teens in Pennsylvania

  • Past 30-day prevalence of Hallucinogen use ranges from a low of 0.0% for 6th graders to a high of 2.4% for 12th graders
  • Overall, 1.2% of Pennsylvania students have used Hallucinogens at least once in the last 30 days
  • Compared to national findings, 8th and 12th graders reported similar rates of past 30-day Hallucinogen use and 10th graders reported the same rate of use

Use of Methamphetamine by Teens in Pennsylvania

Methamphetamine (Meth)  is a highly addictive stimulant with effects similar to Cocaine. Use of Meth can cause physical and psychological problems, such as rapid or irregular heart rate, increased blood pressure, anxiety and Insomnia.

Lifetime Use of Meth by Teens in Pennsylvania

  • Lifetime prevalence of  use ranges from a low of 0.2% for 6th graders to a high of 1.6% for 10th graders
  • Overall, 1.0% of Pennsylvania students have used Meth at least once in their lifetime
  • Compared to national findings, 8th, 10th and 12th graders reported similar rates of lifetime Meth use

Past 30-Day Use of Meth by Teens in Pennsylvania

  • Past 30-day prevalence of Meth use ranges from a low of 0.2% for 6th graders to a high of 0.6% for 10th graders
  • Overall, 0.4% of Pennsylvania students have used Meth at least once in the last 30 days
  • Compared to national findings, 8th, 10th and 12th graders reported similar rates of past 30-day Meth use

Use of Ecstasy by Teens in Pennsylvania

Ecstasy (also known as MDMA) has both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects. After showing an increase in use nationwide from 1998 to 2001, use of Ecstasy appears to have declined in recent years, while the proportion of young people perceiving it as dangerous has increased.

Teen Lifetime Use of Ecstasy in Pennsylvania

  • Lifetime prevalence of Ecstasy use ranges from a low of 0.1% for 6th graders to a high of 4.1% for 12th graders
  • Overall, 2.2% of Pennsylvania students have used Ecstasy at least once in their lifetime
  • Compared to national findings, 8th and 10th graders reported similar rates of lifetime Ecstasy use and 12th graders reported a lower rate of use

Past 30-Day Use of Ecstasy by Teens in Pennsylvania

  • Past 30-day prevalence of Ecstasy use ranges from a low of 0.0% for 6th graders to a high of 1.1% for 10th graders
  • Overall, 0.6% of Pennsylvania students have used Ecstasy at least once in the last 30 days
  • Compared to national findings, 8th, 10th and 12th graders reported similar rates of past 30-day Ecstasy use

Use of Steroids by Teens in Pennsylvania

The primary use for Steroids in humans is to raise inadequate levels of Testosterone. However, some athletes misuse the drug to “improve” their appearance or athletic performance. Improper use of Steroids can prematurely stop the lengthening of bones as well as cause infertility and liver tumors.

Teen Lifetime Use of Steroids in Pennsylvania

  • Lifetime prevalence of Steroid use ranges from a low of 0.7% for 6th graders to a high of 1.6% for 10th graders
  • Overall, 1.3% of Pennsylvania students have used Steroids at least once in their lifetime
  • Compared to national findings, 8th, 10th and 12th graders reported similar rates of lifetime Steroid use

Past 30-Day Use of Steroids by Teens in Pennsylvania

  • Past 30-day prevalence of Steroid use ranges from a low of 0.3% for 6th graders to a high of 0.7% for 8th and 10th graders
  • Overall, 0.6% of Pennsylvania students have used Steroids at least once in the last 30 days
  • Compared to national findings, 8th, 10th and 12th graders reported similar rates of past 30-day Steroid use

Sources:

Information contained above is courtesy of Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency

Information is also provided 2007 PAYS and sponsored by the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD), in collaboration with other state agencies, including the Department of Education, Department of Health, Liquor Control Board, and Department of Public Welfare

All together, 16,547 students out of 24,537 eligible students or 67.4% in grades 6, 8, 10 and 12 participated in the survey

All participating students came from 115 schools statewide out of a random sample of 226 schools or 50.9%

School participation in PAYS is voluntary and not state mandated. It is important to point out here that beyond the random sample nearly 125,000 volunteer students participated in the 2007 PAYS.  Results from the voluntary effort are not included in this report.