Prescription Medicines Trends & Statistics

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2018 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
Any Prescription Drug Past Year - - [9.90]
Amphetamine Past Year 3.70 5.70 5.50
Adderall Past Year 1.80 4.10 [4.60]
Ritalin Past Year 0.50 - 0.90
Narcotics other than Heroin Past Year - - 3.40
Vicodin Past Year 0.60 1.10 1.70
OxyContin Past Year 0.80 2.20 2.30
Tranquilizers Past Year 2.00 3.90 3.90
*Additional data (Past Month, Lifetime) available.

The use of any prescription drug includes use of any of the following: amphetamines, sedatives (barbiturates), narcotics other than heroin, or tranquilizers “…without a doctor telling you to use them.”

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National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Trends in Prevalence of Psychotherapeutics (Nonmedical Use) for Ages 12 or Older, Ages 12 to 17, Ages 18 to 25, and Ages 26 or Older; 2017 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period Ages 12 or Older Ages 12 to 17 Ages 18 to 25 Ages 26 or Older
Psychotherapeutics (Nonmedical Use) Lifetime 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00
Past Year 6.60 4.90 14.40 5.60
Past Month 2.20 1.50 4.50 1.90