Teenage Drug and Alcohol Abuse on the Decline
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), cigarette smoking is at its lowest among students in high school since the survey began in 1975. The survey samples students in 8th, 10th, and 12th grades, and gathers data about the type and frequency of drug use. The study, which aims to track teenage substance abuse, is conducted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.
Other findings include a decline in methamphetamine, amphetamines and cocaine between 2004 and 2009. In 2009, 12th graders reported declines in the use of hallucinogens, particularly LSD. The use of marijuana has plateaued, with reported use by 11.8% of 8th graders, 26.7 percent of 10th graders and 12th graders.
Perceived risk of marijuana use has also declined among students in 8th and 10th grades. The use and perceived availability of prescription narcotics for non-medical use has increased, particularly Vicodin and OxyContin. Fifty-two percent of 12th graders reporting that they used prescription drugs recreationally said that they obtained them from a friend or family member.
ChaCha.com created an infographic to visually track drugs teens are using the most. Click here to download the teenage drug abuse infographic in its entirety.