* Suicide is the third largest killer of teenagers (Evaluating and Treating Adolescent Suicide Attempters: Spirito and Overholser)
* Despite all the educational and awareness campaigns, suicide rates have not significantly dropped over the last decade (National Comorbidity Survey)
* In the past year, 8.5% of students attempted suicide (11.5% female and 5.4% male) (Centers for Disease Control)
Of high school seniors polled for a 2004 University of Michigan study sponsored by the National Institute of Drug Abuse:
* 70% reported using alcohol within the last year.
* 48% reported using alcohol within the last 30 days.
* 34% reported using marijuana within the last year.
* 19% reported using marijuana within the last 30 days.
* More than 45% reported having used marijuana/hashish at least once.
* 58.4% of students have tried smoking cigarettes, and 21.9% are current smokers (1 or more in past 30 days)
* 6.7% of students reported use of smokeless tobacco in the past 30 days (11.0% male and 2.2% female)
* 44.9% of students are current alcohol users (1 or more drinks in past 30 days)
* 40.2% of students have tried marijuana at least once; 22.4% are current users
* 8.7% of students have tried cocaine at least once
* 11.1% of students have taken ecstasy at least once
* About a third (34 percent) of young women become pregnant at least once before they reach the age of 20-about 820,000 a year (Kaiser Family Foundation, January 2005).
* Approximately four million teens contract a sexually transmitted disease (STD) each year (Kaiser Family Foundation, January 2005).
* 8,000 teenagers contract an STD every day (Heritage Foundation 2003).
* An estimated half of all new HIV infections occur in people under age 25 (Kaiser Family Foundation, January 2005).
* 46.7% of students have had sexual intercourse; 7.4% before age 13 (The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2003)
* 55% of 15-19 year old boys and 54 percent of 15-19 year old girls have received or given oral sex (Centers for Disease Control, September 2005).
* 9.0% of students said they have been forced to have sexual intercourse (11.9% female and 6.1% male)
High Risk Behavior
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the results of its 2003 Youth Risk Behavior Survey-a nationwide survey of 15,214 9th-12th grade students. Some of findings:
* In the past 30 days 30.2% of students said they rode in the car with a driver who had been drinking alcohol
* In the past 30 days 12.1% of students said they drove a vehicle after drinking alcohol
* In the past 12 months 8.9% of students said they had been hit, slapped, or physically hurt on purpose by their boy/girlfriend
* 6.1% of students have used steroids at least once