DRUGS & BULLYING FACTS & STATISTICS

The information on this page can be a useful tool for raising awareness and educating your students and staff about drugs and bullying. Here are some ways to use the facts below:
  • 1) Read a fact each day over the P.A. during morning announcements.
  • 2) Create a trivia contest by making these “true or false” statements or by turning them into multiple-choice questions.
  • 3) Delete a word from each statement and have students fill in the blanks from a master Missing Word List.
DRUGS:
  • Every day, 185 Americans die from drug overdoses.
  • Most deadly drug overdoses are caused by prescription drugs.
  • About half of all teens mistakenly think that taking prescription drugs is safer than using illegal street drugs.
  • People who repeatedly abuse cough and cold medicines can become addicted to them.
  • Alcohol-related motor accidents are one of the leading causes of teen death in the United States.
  • There’s no ingredient list for Illegal street drugs like Molly (also know as MDMA and ecstasy). Users have no way of knowing what they’re really taking.
  • Tobacco products like cigarettes and chew contain hundreds of poisonous chemicals.
  • Taking prescription drugs that are not prescribed to you is against the law.
  • People who sniff or “huff” inhalants regularly get headaches and nosebleeds, and may even suffer loss of hearing or sense of smell.
  • More than 4 in 10 people who begin drinking before age 15 eventually become alcoholics.
  • Repeated use of harmful drugs can change the way your brain works. After a while, without the drug, everyday activities no longer provide stimulation or happiness.
  • All drugs, even medicines, can be harmful to your body and brain if not used in the right way.
  • Alcohol keeps new brain cells from growing. Young people who drink alcohol can find it harder to learn and remember things.
  • Steroids can cause boys’ and girls’ bodies to develop in strange ways. Boys may begin to grow breasts. Girls can end up with deeper voices and facial hair.
  • Many drugs are addictive and can change the body and brain to encourage cravings. If drug users don’t use, they begin to feel sick.
BULLYING:
  • Nearly a third of U.S. school students report they have been bullied at school.
  • About 1 of every 3 young people admit to bullying others in surveys.
  • Bullying rarely takes place when the bully and the victim are alone. Most bullying happens in front of other kids.
  • More than half of all students have seen some act of bullying in school.
  • Often, when bystanders speak up, bullying stops quickly.
  • The most common types of bullying are verbal and social (for example, name calling, teasing, spreading rumors, sexual comments). Physical bullying happens less often.
  • Most bullying takes place in school, outside on school grounds, and on the school bus.
  • All 50 states have passed anti-bullying laws or rules.
  • Kids who bully are more likely to get into fights, damage property, and drop out of school.
  • Most experts believe that the average bullying episode lasts for only about 40 seconds.
  • About 3.2 million students fall victim to bullying every year in the United States.
*Note: The information contained here was gathered from the websites of U.S. government agencies and a variety of reputable nonprofit drug and bullying awareness organizations.