Drug Resistance Strategies Project

Using Narrative Theory to Enhance Adolescents' Communication Competence

Authored by: Michael L. Hecht , Michelle Miller-Day

Routledge Handbook of Applied Communication Research

Print publication date:  June  2009
Online publication date:  July  2009

Print ISBN: 9780805849837
eBook ISBN: 9780203871645
Adobe ISBN: 9781135231798


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According to the 2002 National Survey on Drug Use and Health1 (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration [SAMHSA], 2003), an estimated 22 million people aged 12 and older were categorized as abusers of alcohol or drugs and required treatment. Data from the 2003 Monitoring the Future study indicated that although the adolescent drug problem in the United States has improved over the past decade, youth alcohol and other drug use still is a significant public health issue (Johnston, O’Malley, Bachman, & Schulenberg, 2004). Use rates, however, have fluctuated up and down since the time that tracking began; the more troubling issue is the harm experienced from substance use and abuse. This harm has been and continues to be a significant social issue at all recorded levels of use.2

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