There are many benefits to sports for kids, and sports should be encouraged throughout childhood. Athletes generally have lower rates of substance abuse than their peers; however, there are certain drugs and alcohol that may be more prevalent in the athletic population.
- Athletes report lower cigarette, marijuana and cocaine use
- Certain traps for athletes include alcohol, smokeless tobacco, and opiates
- Male athletes are more likely to be prescribed and misuse opiates
- All athletes are more likely to
- ‘first get drunk’ at an earlier age
- binge drink
- drive drunk
- use smokeless tobacco
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