Summer is the Biggest Time for First-Time Drug Use
“Parents and educators who are concerned about their kids need to educate them year-round about potential risks associated with drug use, but special emphasis appears to be needed before or during summer months, when rates of initiation increase,”
~ Dr. Joseph Palamar, MPH, PhD, Center for Drug Use and HIV/HCV Research at NYU College of Global Public Health
According to a new study just published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, American adults and teenagers are most likely to use recreational or illegal drugs during the summer months. By pinpointing when people are most likely to start these kinds of behaviors, the hope is to eventually create targeted awareness or intervention campaigns that can reduce problematic substance use.
Statistics from the Study
Researchers at New York University examined seven years’ worth of data from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, collected between 2011 and 2017. They found that significant percentages of first-time drug users initiated that use during the summer months, including:
- 34%of first-time LSD users
- 30% of first-time Ecstasy users
- 30% of first-time marijuana users
- 28%of first-time cocaine users.
According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, there were approximately 3 million Americans who used cocaine, marijuana, Ecstasy, or LSD for the first time in 2017. This particular study involved over 394,000 subjects age 12 or older.
Why Do So Many People Start Using Drugs for The First Time During the Summer?
The researchers theorize that drug experimentation increases this time of year because people tend to have more recreational time during the summer months. Also, this is the most-popular time for outdoor activities such as concerts and festivals, where drug use may be more common.
It is hoped that more research can be done to further pinpoint those situations that are most likely to support drug experimentation. Armed with that knowledge, targeted prevention and treatment strategies can be developed.
What Does all of This Mean to San Diego Residents?
Outdoor recreation lasts more than just two or three months here in San Diego. With such warm weather for so much of the year, local residents face many more dangerous opportunities than people in other parts of the country.
That means it is very possible that you or someone you care about recently experimented with drugs, and now that experimentation has worsened into abuse, dependence, or even full-blown addiction. If this is the case, your best, most-trusted local resource is Lasting Recovery. As the top outpatient drug rehab program in San Diego, Lasting Recovery can help you regain your sobriety safely and successfully. You CAN get your life back.
To get immediate help, contact Lasting Recovery TODAY.
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