Louisiana scores low on youth substance abuse prevention report card

Louisiana scores low on youth substance abuse prevention report card

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Four states, including Louisiana, tied for the lowest score on a substance misuse prevention report card.

The report, from Trust for America's Health, scored 24 states a five out of 10 or lower for policies aimed at lowering the use of drugs and alcohol among youths.

Idaho, Mississippi, Wyoming, and Louisiana scored a three out of 10 on the report.

"More than 90 percent of adults who develop a substance use disorder began using before they were 18," said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH. "Achieving any major reduction in substance misuse will require a reboot in our approach – starting with a greater emphasis on preventing use before it starts, intervening and providing support earlier and viewing treatment and recovery as a long-term commitment."

A full list of all of the indicators and scores is available along with the full report on TFAH's web site at www.healthyamericans.org

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