Teen Drug Abuse Statistics

Teen Drug Use Facts for Parents of Teenagers

Statistics have a way of getting to the meat of a matter. This is especially true when it comes to teen drug abuse statistics because they don't lie. It is hard for us parents to imagine that teens go around taking drugs that will be harmful to their bodies and could kill them just to 'get high' or experiment. But they do, the statistics show it. And they tell the survey people, but parents are the ones left to puzzle it out on their own.

So, in an effort to help parents figure out the puzzle of possible teen drug abuse in their own homes, I've put together another part of my teen drug use resources. Here you will find listed statistics, organized by drug of use. The view on this page is of the most current Monitoring the Future Study by the University of Michigan, which is funded by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA). To get more information from other sources, click through on the links to the statistics of a particular drug.

Alcohol Statistics

Alcohol Statistics Teen Drug Use
Percent of teens who had 5+ drinks of alcohol at least once in the last 2 weeks.. http://monitoringthefuture.org

The scope of teen alcohol use shows an overall decline in teen drinking and a continued decline is expected as the rate of use in young teens is also declining. Notably, the teen binge drinking rates showed a decline for all grades in the 2010 Monitoring the Future Study.

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Anabolic Steroids Statistics

Steroids Teens Annual Use Statistics
Percent of teens who used steroids in last 12 months.. monitoringthefuture.org
The current scope of teen anabolic steroid use shows stability in the numbers for the years 2001 through 2007, except for 12th grade in the years 2004 and 2006 according to the Monitoring the Future Survey. After those years of decline in teen usage, the numbers have remained stable or shown a slight decline.

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Cocaine and Crack Statistics

Cocaine Crack Teens Annual Use Statistics
Percent of teens who used cocaine and crack in last 12 months.. monitoringthefuture.org

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) showed in 1998 that past month and past year cocaine drug use peaks among the 18 to 20 age group, with 16-year-old teens to 17-year-old teens having the highest statistics among youth at 3.6 percent. These statistics point to the fact that first time use of cocaine generally happens at these ages.

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Ecstasy Statistics

Ecstasy Teens Annual Use Statistics
Percent of teens who used ecstasy in last 12 months.. monitoringthefuture.org
One of the complications of teen ecstasy use is the possibility of dependence on the drug. One study found that 43 percent of young adults and teens who reported ecstasy use met the accepted diagnostic criteria for dependence. This means that despite knowing what ecstasy was doing to their bodies, they continued to use the drug.

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Heroin Statistics

Heroin Statistics
Percent of teens who used heroin in last 12 months.. monitoringthefuture.org
The percentage of teens between the age of 12 to 17-years-old who perceived a risk from using heroin once or twice a week declined in the years between 2002 through 2010 from 82.5% to 80.5%. About 11.6 percent of teenagers think is it easy to get heroin, it is available to them.

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Inhalants Statistics

Inhalants Teens Annual Use Statistics
Percent of teens who used inhalants in last 12 months.. monitoringthefuture.org
The study showed that 8th graders regularly report the highest rate of current, past-year, and lifetime inhalant abuse compared to 10th and 12th graders. In 2011, 7 percent of 8th graders, 4.5 percent of 10th graders, and 3.2 percent of 12th graders reported abusing inhalants in the year prior to the survey. One of the reasons may be that, according to the 2011 survey, 41 percent of 8th graders don't consider the regular use of inhalants to be harmful, and 65 percent don't think trying inhalants once or twice is risky.

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Ketamine Statistics

For all age groups, law enforcement has been seeing a decline in numbers of items for ketamine use confiscated between the years 2007 and 2008. In 2007 the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) laboratories reported 377 ketamine items while only 181 items in 2008.

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Marijuana Statistics

Marijuana Annual Use Statistics
Percent of teens who used marijuana in the last 12 months.. monitoringthefuture.org
Teen marijuana use has not increased this past year, according to the 2010 numbers, but the 5-year trends are showing significant increases among 10th and 12th graders for daily marijuana use and past year use. The rates of marijuana use topped the rates of teen cigarette smoking in both 2010 and 2011 for usage in the last 30 days. The most recent numbers being 22.6% of high school seniors used marijuana compared with 18.7% who smoked cigarettes.

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Methamphetamine (Meth) Statistics

Meth Statistics Teen Drug Use
Percent of teens who used methamphetamines (meth) in the past year, by grade.. drugabuse.gov
Meth use has been declining among teens and is thought to be only used in certain parts of the United States. The data from the 2007 Monitoring the Future Survey has shown significant drops that have held steady through 2011. It is also important to note that fourteen percent of 10th graders feel it is easy to get their hands on meth if they chose to, which dropped 4.5 percentage points from 19.5% in five years' time.

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Prescription Drugs Abuse Statistics

Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics
It is estimated that 6,600 Americans abuse prescription drugs for the first time every day. About one third of these are teens ages 12 to 17 and more than half were women. It is believe by experts that teens are of particular risk for abusing prescription drugs because they do not understand the full scope of complications of the drugs.

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Salvia Divinorum Statistics

Salvia Divinorum Statistics Teen Drug Use
Estimated Numbers (in Thousands) of Persons Aged 12 or Older Who Used Ketamine, DMT, AMT, or Foxy, and Salvia divinorum** in Their Lifetime and in the Past Year: 2006.. samhsa.gov
The first time the Monitoring the Future Survey of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders asked about salvia abuse was in 2009 as Salvia Divinorum was not a drug of concern for teen users until the. At that time, 5.7 percent of 12th graders reported past-year use, which is greater than the number of teens reporting use of ecstasy but not as high as teens who drink heavily (5+ drinks on 5+ occasions in the past 30 days).

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Tobacco Addiction Statistics

Teens Smoking Cigarettes Statistics
Percent of teens who smoked cigarettes in the last 30 days.. monitoringthefuture.org

Did you know that teen smoking is at historical lows? They are still smoking way too much, but the statistics are promising if you aren't the tobacco company. The Monitoring the Future Survey rate numbers for smoking in the past 30 days are as follows:

  • 18.7 percent for 12th graders,
  • 11.8 percent for 10th graders,
  • and 6.1 percent for 8th graders.

Smokeless tobacco, which users hold in the side of their mouth and chew, has seen a rise in usage since 2009 and has risen up to the highs seen in the late 1990s. According to the 2011 numbers among teens the current use of smokeless tobacco in the past 30 days is as follows:

  • 3.5 percent among 8th graders,
  • 6.6 percent among 10th graders,
  • and 8.3 percent among 12th graders.

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