Teen Drug Abuse Statistics

The number of teens getting involved in drug abuse is not surprising anymore. Many teenagers are under the wrong impression that prescription drugs are safe to use. A lot of them use pain relievers, and they are highly addictive and also have major side effects.

Statistics of Teen Drug Abuse

  • Surveys proved that in the year 2000, 14.0 million American teens were into illicit drug use prior to the interview
  • Out of the population, 63% were 12 years and older
  • Between 1999 and 2000 there were no such statistics in the overall rates of drug abuse
  • Teens boys had drug abuse rate of  7.7% ,  which can be compared to the girl’s rate of 5 % in 2000
  • The use of drugs, which includes pain killers like pain relievers, tranquillizers, and stimulants were 1.8% for and 1.7 % for females
  • The use of marijuana among  females ages 12 years and above increased by 3.1% between 1999 and 2000
  • According to the statistical survey,  9.7% people between the age of 12 to 18 years in 2000 used illicit drugs before the interview
  • The rate of drug use in people who were between the age of 12 and 13 went down from 3.9% in 1999 to 3.0% in 2000
  • In the year 2000, there were at least 2.1 million people between the age of 12 and 17 who used inhalants
  • In the year 2000, boys between the age of 12 and 18 had a high rate of marijuana as compared to girls
  • There were at least 7 million people driving under the influence of illicit drugs
  • Adolescents between the age of 18 to 25 have driven under the influence of drugs at some point of time.

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