The Caron Foundation

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The Caron Foundation

Program Evaluation

Tara Reiff


Hi, my name is Tarah, and my drugs of choice are crack and heroin.

When I was born, both of my parents were crack and heroin addicts, I was adopted at two years old, and my adopted father is an alcoholic. Fourteen years ago, I became addicted to crack and heroin myself. I have since gone through out patient rehab, and I am now twelve years clean. Because alcohol and drug addiction have played such a large role in my life, I have chosen to do my program evaluation on The Caron Foundation.

After researching many websites for statistics on drug and alcohol abuse, I found some staggering statistics. Alcohol kills six and a half times more youth in the U.S. alone more than all of the other illicit drugs combined. ( About forty five percent of traffic crashes are related to the use of alcohol.

That is almost half of all traffic accidents. When polled, sixty percent of teens stated that drugs were sold, used or kept at their schools. Youth who drink alcohol are fifty times more likely to use cocaine then young people who have never drank alcohol. ( The rate of illicit drug use is declining, however that of prescription drug use is on the rise. 15.4 percent of high school seniors reported non-medical use of at least one prescription medication within the past year. 8% of persons 12 years or older have used illicit drugs in the past. (

In a research study done by, it was reported that 1 in 5 people between the ages of 16 and 59 said that they had taken at least one of the drugs mentioned. People ages 18 to 21 were most likely to admit having...