Safe and Drug Free schools provides necessary support services for our schools. For more information please click on a department link on the left.
Why Should You Give A Crime Stopper Tip?
- You are helping to make your school a safer place.
- Someone may need your help.
- You could receive a cash reward.
- YOU WILL BE ANONYMOUS!
For more information on Crime Stoppers, please click here.
A Drug Trend
As we all know our community is not immune to drugs. Every city and school district in Texas has drug issues some more than others. Often when a person hear the word "drugs," Cocaine, Heroin or Marijuana come to mind. However, there is a drug that is viciously killing our adults and youth in an alarming rate. This drug kills 1,200 people each and every day.
Every day more than 4,000 kids try this drug and another 2,000 kids become addicted to this drug, because of this one third of them will die prematurely as a result. By now you may be asking yourself what drug is this, or you may have already guessed that this drug is tobacco.
- An estimated, 20.8% of all adults that is (45.3 million people) smoke cigarettes in the United States. Cigarette smoking estimates by age are as follows: 18-24 years (23.9%, 25-44 years (23.5%), 45-64 years (21.8%), and 65 years or older (10.2%)
- Tobacco use is the leading preventable cause of death in the United States. Cigarette smoking causes an estimated 438,000 deaths, or about 1 of every 5 deaths, each year. This estimate includes approximately 38,000 deaths from secondhand smoke exposure.
- Cigarette smoking kills an estimated 259,500 men and 178,000 women in the United States each year.
- More deaths are caused each year by tobacco use than by all deaths from human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), illegal drug use, alcohol use, motor vehicle injuries, suicides, and murders combined.
- On average, adults who smoke cigarettes die 14 years earlier than nonsmokers.
- Based on current cigarette smoking patterns, an estimated 25 million Americans who are alive today will die prematurely from smoking-related illnesses, including 5 million people younger than 18.
Tobacco is a Gateway Drug and is probably the first drug that our youth are going to try because of the ease of availability. It can be found readily in many of our homes, cars and offices. Our children have access to these places, they can have someone buy it for them, and even though they are not of age, they can buy it themselves. Most of the time we do not see tobacco as a drug because it is a legal drug, but looking at all of the statistics, we know that tobacco is a monster of a problem and we need to focus on our youth and the smoking of tobacco.
For more information on the dangers of tobacco, please click on the Tobacco Initative link on the left side of the page.