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; 2020 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
Amphetamine Past Year 5.3 4.3 4.3
Adderall Past Year 2.7 2.9 4.4
Ritalin Past Year 0.5 1.0 1.7
Narcotics other than Heroin Past Year - - 2.1
Vicodin Past Year 0.5 0.9 1.2
OxyContin Past Year 0.9 [1.0] 2.4
Tranquilizers Past Year 2.2 2.6 3.2
*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.”