National Survey Reports Nine Percent Decline in Illicit Drug Use Among Youth

National Survey Reports Nine Percent Decline in Illicit Drug Use Among Youth










Canadian, OK (PRWEB) September 12, 2005

The Secretary of Health and Human Services just announced that illicit drug use among teenagers ages 12-17 declined by 9 percent in the last two years. The information is a result of the annual National Survey on Drug Use and Health, which was released as part of National Alcohol Addiction and Recovery Month activities.

In a release from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Administrator Charles Curie said, “The news today is an indication that our partnerships and the work of prevention professionals, schools, parents, teachers, law enforcement, religious leaders, and local community anti-drug coalitions are paying off.”

Despite the good news, a growing area of concern is the continued increase of non-medical use of prescription drugs. Approximately 6 percent of young adults have abused these drugs within the last month and 29 percent in the last year. Narcotic pain relievers such as hydrocodone and oxycodone remain the most abused drugs in this area.

The drug category with the largest number of new users last year was non medical use of pain relievers (2.4 million new users), followed by marijuana (2.1 million new users), non medical use of tranquilizers (1.2 million new users) and cocaine (1.0 million new users).

The SAMHSA release also stated that the number of Americans aged 12 and older who need alcohol or drug addiction treatment is 23.5 million, yet less than ten percent actually received any type of rehabilitation services at a specialty facility.

Helping to meet the demand of those seeking addiction treatment, specifically non-traditional drug rehabilitation, the international network of Narconon® centers continues to grow. Narconon Arrowhead is the premier facility in the network and is one of the largest and most successful drug rehabilitation and education programs in the nation. Its 70% success rate is due to the application of American author and humanitarian L. Ron Hubbard’s drug-free rehabilitation methodology.

To find out more information about drugs and addiction or to get help for a loved one in need contact Narconon Arrowhead today by calling 1-800-468-6933 or visit http://www.stopaddiction.com.

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health is completed annually by collecting information from nearly 70,000 individuals around the country. The full SAMHSA release and the complete survey findings can be found at http://www.samhsa.gov.

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Survey Shows Narconon Program’s Success Rate

Survey Shows Narconon Program’s Success Rate










Canadian, OK (PRWEB) September 9, 2005

As part of ongoing monitoring of the results of the drug rehabilitation program at Narconon Arrowhead, the organization continues to follow up with graduates and family members to assist individuals in continuing to lead healthy, happy and productive drug-free lives. In a recent follow-up survey of former Narconon Arrowhead clients six months after program completion, more than 70 percent of them had remained drug-free.

The Narconon Arrowhead rehabilitation program uses routine outcomes monitoring as a quality management tool. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) has advocated for routine outcome monitoring as an important component of treatment quality management for nearly two decades. However, such monitoring is rarely implemented in treatment settings.

In addition to existing continuing care procedures that assist residential clients in re-entering their communities, Narconon Arrowhead implemented a 6-month follow-up interview process. Developed in collaboration with the Foundation for Advancements in Science and Education (FASE), this questionnaire contains 12 common outcome measures related to drug use, employment, living situation, legal issues and ongoing use of life skills obtained on the program.

Narconon Arrowhead has been a nationally accredited drug rehabilitation and education center for well over a decade. Results from its latest inspection by the Rehabilitation Accreditation Commission (CARF) concluded that, “The organization does an excellent job in tracking the progress of the persons served following discharge and uses these data in refining its treatment programming.”

Additional outcome survey data showed that 93 percent of students stated they were satisfied with the program, more than two thirds were now employed and 78 percent of students had no new legal situations since graduating with many clearing up those that existed prior to graduation.

There are over 11,000 drug rehabilitation and addiction treatment programs in the United States alone. The more traditionally accepted approaches often tell people that drug addiction is a brain disease that must be fought one day at a time and its symptoms may be treatable with pharmaceuticals. However, the disease theory has never been conclusively proven and traditional treatment practices have a limited success rate for full recovery.

By comparison, the largest study measuring the effectiveness of treatment programs, called the Drug Abuse Treatment Outcome Study (DATOS) and funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), only measured whether or not those who completed various types of programs were using drugs on a weekly basis. It did not measure if they had been clean in the last 30 days, let alone six months. Even on this limited basis the outcomes still fell short of Narconon Arrowhead’s results.

Narconon Arrowhead credits its success to the application of L. Ron Hubbard’s drug-free rehabilitation methodology and the dedication of its staff members.

For more information about effective drug rehabilitation or to get help for a loved one in need, contact Narconon Arrowhead today by calling 1-800-468-6933 or visit http://www.stopaddiction.com now.

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Americans Look To Food To Improve Health 2011 IFIC Functional Foods Survey Looks at Awareness & Consumption of Food For Health Benefits

Americans Look To Food To Improve Health
2011 IFIC Functional Foods Survey Looks at Awareness & Consumption of Food For Health Benefits












Washington, DC (PRWEB) August 04, 2011

Maintaining health and reducing risk of disease is at the forefront of many consumers’ minds as they age. New research from the International Food Information Council shows that Americans cite cardiovascular disease (46 percent), weight (32 percent) and cancer (22 percent) as their top health concerns. Along with these issues that can affect us as we age, almost one in five Americans (19 percent) cite healthy aging as a top health concern.

The 2011 IFIC Functional Foods/Foods for Health Survey, also shows that people often look to food for its health benefits. Ninety percent of Americans can name at least one food and its associated benefit and 76 percent say that functional foods, or foods that can promote health, can have a meaningful impact on their health when they consume them.

The foods and food components Americans look to the most to help improve or maintain their health are:

1)    Fruits and Vegetables

2)    Fish/Fish Oil

3)    Dairy

4)    Whole Grains

5)    Herbs & Spices

“Americans have made it clear that they want to take advantage of the health benefits of food,” according to Elizabeth Rahavi, RD, associate director of Health and Wellness at the International Food Information Council. “But it’s not just fruits and vegetables that can have a positive impact on our health. There are lots of healthful components like antioxidants, fiber, whole grains, and soy found in a variety of foods and beverages that can make a difference in our health as we age.”

The top components with benefits mentioned in the survey include calcium (92 percent) and vitamin D (90 Percent) for bone health, protein (87 percent) and B vitamins (86 percent) for overall well-being, omega-3 fatty acids (85%) for heart health, and probiotics (81 percent) and fiber (79 percent) for digestive health.

Still, Americans struggle to incorporate these key food components into their diets citing the top barriers as expense, taste and availability.

“Consuming foods for health benefits doesn’t have to be expensive,” according to Rahavi. “Just taking simple steps such as choosing a whole grain cereal, oatmeal, or yogurt for breakfast each day can go a long way to improve health over time.”

The 2011 IFIC Functional Foods/Foods for Health Survey randomly sampled 1000 U.S. adults and is the seventh version of the Survey dating back to 1998. Other topics in the Survey include attitudes toward health, awareness of 34 different diet and health relationships and top sources of nutrition and health information.

A copy of the 2011 IFIC Functional Foods/Foods for Health Survey Executive Summary is available at FoodInsight.org as is the International Food Information Council Foundation Foods for Health video series featuring expert tips for eating for a variety of health benefits including healthy aging, weight management, digestive health, immune health and heart health.

For interview requests and any other questions, please contact the IFIC media team at 202-296-6540, Mittenthal(at)ific(dot)org or Matthews(at)ific(dot)org.

The International Food Information Council’s (IFIC’s) mission is to effectively communicate science-based information on food safety and nutrition to health and nutrition professionals, educators, journalists, government officials and others providing information to consumers. IFIC is supported primarily by the broad-based food, beverage and agricultural industries. IFIC and IFIC Foundation materials can be found on our Web site: http://www.foodinsight.org.

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