Despite aggressive youth anti-drug campaigns, the Office of the National Drug Control Policy has found an overall increase in teens using drugs, particularly black girls and Hispanic boys.
According to a new survey by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, overall teen drug use increased from 2008 to 2009, with 1 in 10 teens reporting using drugs the month prior. Drug use rose 3 percentage points or more among black females and Hispanic males: Drug use among black females ages 12 to 17 increased from 7.3 percent to 10.4 percent, and drug use by Hispanic males of the same age group rose from 9.2 percent to 12.8 percent.
ONDCP plans to increase funding for drug prevention by $203 million and for treatment programs by $137 million, with an emphasis on early intervention and criminal justice policies.
ONDCP has begun to tailor its ads to parents. In 2008, the agency began directing large amount of its funds to ads for parents making them aware of abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.