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Full Report and Key Findings: 2013 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, sponsored by MetLife Foundation


The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids today released new research from the latest Partnership Attitude Tracking Study (PATS), a nationally projectable survey that tracks teen drug and alcohol use and parent attitudes toward substance abuse among teens.

The research, sponsored by MetLife Foundation, shows a significant increase – a doubling – in the reported lifetime use of synthetic human growth hormone (hGH) among teens. According to the survey, 11 percent of teens in grades 9-12 reported “ever having used” synthetic human growth hormone without a prescription, up dramatically from just 5 percent in 2012.

These findings underscore teens’ growing interest in performance enhancing substances, as well as the need for tighter regulation and more accurate labeling of “fitness-enhancing” over-the-counter products implying they contain synthetic hGH.

Learn More: Read the full press release here



1 Response to this article

  1. bill Barnhart / July 26, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    Two comments: The findings are disturbing-I hope more adults-parents, role models (i.e., athletes), teachers (including coaches, and others take this seriously

    Second, in an era where increasingly survey research is quickly becoming close to quackery which tries to hide extremely questionable techniques behind elaborate explanations (all of which are a front for an unwillingness to address the rapid conversion to cell phone)-this survey appears to have used very good procedures!

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