Teen Addiction Statistics

In today’s world, teens are exposed to a wide variety of drugs. This alarming increase is attributed to free availability of drugs, crime, stress, peer pressure, changing lifestyle etc. Most teens presume that drugs are safe if use is limited. This is NOT true. Any drug taken in small or large dose has serious implications. Teens present the highest addiction demographic for alcohol, cigarettes, marijuana, heroin, cocaine, sex etc. A vast number of teens are also getting addicted to prescription drugs, believing that they are less harmful than their illegal counterparts. Prescription drugs are highly addictive when abused.

According to teen addiction statistics gathered from various sources:

  • Nearly 450,000 Americans die every year due to smoking.
  • 10 to 25% of car crashes involve drivers under the influence of drugs.
  • Nearly 20.4 million Americans reported having used some form of drug.
  • Marijuana addiction among youth is estimated to be around 8%.
  • More than 18 million addicts need treatment for their addictions. Half of them believe that they do not need any treatment.
  • Cocaine is the second most illicitly used drug in America. More than 34 million Americans have used it at some point in their lives.
  • Heroin addiction accounts for approximately 60% of drug related deaths.
  • An average of 22 million Americans are sex addicts. Sex is also the highest searched topic on the World Wide Web.
  • The numbers of teens abusing prescription drugs like Oxycodone and Hydrocodone has increased five-fold.
  • Around 4.7 million Americans have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes.

These alarming statistics are just an estimate. These numbers continue to increase at a rapid pace every second. Parents, peers, and society must actively take the responsibility of spreading awareness, educating, and highlighting the destructive effects of drug use among teens.


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