Drug Use Among Youth: Facts & Statistics

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National Center for Drug Abuse Statistics

Youth drug abuse is a high-profile public health concern, with at least 1-in-8 teenagers abusing an illicit substance in the last year.

Key Findings

61% How much drug use went up among 8th graders between 2016 and 2020.
62% Of teenagers in 12th grade have abused alcohol.
50% Of teenagers have misused a drug at least once.