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A national study released in March 2010 points to marked upswings in the use of drugs that teens are likely to encounter at parties and in other social situations.

  • Alcohol use in the past month by teens in grades 9-12 has grown by 11%
  • Past year Ecstasy use shows a 67% increase
  • Past year marijuana use shows a 19% increase

The 2010 Key Findings of the Monitoring the Future Survey state:

  • Nearly half (42%) of students have tried cigarettes by 12th grade and 19% of 12thgraders are current smokers.
  • Nearly three quarters of students have consumed more than just a few sips of alcohol by the end of high school.
  • More than half of 12thgraders and one sixth of 8th graders in 2010 report having been drunk at least once in their life.
  • Today, nearly half of students have tried an illicit drug by the time they finish high school.
  • 25% have used some illicit drug other than marijuana by the end of 12thgrade, and almost 20% of all 12th graders reported doing so during the 12 months prior to the survey.

 

  • Teens tried cigarettes before 12th grade: 42%
  • Used some illicit drug other than marijuana by the end of 12th grade: 25%
  • Ecstasy use increase: 67%
  • Marijuana use increase: 19%
  • Alcohol use by teens in grades 9-12 has grown: 11%

The nonmedical use of prescription drugs is also rising in youth where students are raiding their parent’s medicine cabinets and mixing medications at parties.

  • Over 12 million Americans aged 12 and older reported nonmedical use of prescription drugs in 2010 (in the past year).
  • One in 10 high school seniors used the powerful pain reliever Vicodin for nonmedical reasons in the past year.
  • More than one million adolescents (12-17) needed treatment for an illicit drug problem in 2008.

Resources:

  • Partnership for Drug Free America
  • Miami Herald http://www.miamiherald.com/2009/11/23/1347241/a-better-targeted-drug-fight.html#ixzz0njXeRiL6
  • Monitoring the Future

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