Study Shows That Fewer Teens are Smoking, Drinking, and Abusing Drugs

According to a new report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), the percentage of people ages 12 to 17 who smoke, drink, or abuse certain drugs is falling.

Results from The 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health show that the rate at which teens age 12-17 said they drank alcohol over the prior month fell from 17.6 percent in 2002 to 11.5 percent by 2014, while the rate of those who said they abused prescription narcotic painkillers such as OxyContin and Vicodin dropped from 3.2 percent in 2002 to 1.9 percent in 2014.

“The data released (Thursday) show some signs of progress,” Michael Botticelli, the White House’s Director of National Drug Control Policy, said in a SAMHSA news release. “However, we still have significant challenges to address.”

To read a report about this study from U.S. News and World Report, click here. To learn more about helping teens avoid substance abuse, go online to the U.S. National Institute on Drug Abuse website at


Kentucky to Receive Federal Funding to Increase Substance Abuse Treatment for Pregnant Women

beshearGovernor Steve Beshear announced recently that Kentucky will receive up to $3 million in federal grants over three years to provide expanded substance abuse treatment for opiate-dependent pregnant and postpartum women from the Bluegrass and Cumberland regions of the state.

“State leaders must do everything we can do to stop the pain drug abuse is having on Kentuckians and their families every single day, especially when it impacts mothers and their babies,” Gov. Beshear said in a news release. “Pregnant women who use heroin or other opiates during pregnancy have a significant risk of adverse outcomes for themselves and their babies. This important pilot project will allow us to improve access to treatment and support for pregnant women in two of the areas of our state hardest hit by substance abuse issues.”

Kentucky is one of 11 states selected by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to receive this new grant funding from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of an initiative to increase access to substance use disorder treatment services.

To learn more about the “Mommy Steps” program that Passport has for pregnant members, go online to