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Trends and Statistics

Teens Mix Prescription Opioids with Other Substances

Teens who abuse Rx opioids often combine them with marijuana or alcohol.

Synthetic Marijuana Lands Thousands of Young People in the ER, Especially Young Males

By gender, 14% of male and 8% of female high school seniors abused synthetic marijuana.

Adolescent Cigarette, Alcohol Use Declines as Marijuana Use Rises

Fewer teens are using cigarettes, alcohol, and most illicit drugs, according to NIDA’s latest Monitoring the Future study. Troubling  trends persist in marijuana use, however, and nonmedical prescription drug use remains a concern.

Monitoring the Future 2012 Survey Results

NIDA’s 2012 Monitor- ing the Future Survey shows teen alcohol and cigarette use are down, while illicit drug use has risen in recent years.

Regular marijuana use by teens continues to be a concern

Continued high use of marijuana by the nation's eighth, 10th and 12th graders combined with a drop in perceptions of its potential harms was revealed in this year's Monitoring the Future survey, an annual survey of eighth, 10th, and 12th–graders conducted by researchers at the University of Michi

National Institute on Drug Abuse to Announce Results of 2012 Monitoring the Future Survey

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) will hold a press conference on Wednesday, December 19, to announce the results of its 2012 Monitoring the Future survey.

Few Teens With Prescription Opioid Use Disorders Receive Treatment

Fewer than 12 percent of adolescents who meet diagnostic criteria for prescription opioid abuse or dependence receive any treatment, according to an analysis of data from the 2005 to 2008 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The most common reason the adolescents gave for not receiving treatment was their lack of perceived need for it.

Adolescent Smoking and Drinking at Historic Lows

Rates of adolescent cigarette smoking and alcohol drinking stood at historic lows in 2011, but marijuana use trended upward, according to the Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey.

Providers Defer HIV Treatment for Injection Drug Users (IDUs)

Providers defer HIV treatment for injection drug users.

Prescription Drug Abuse: Young People at Risk

The RX Risk: Roughly 1 in 9 youth abused prescription drugs in the past year.