Study Finds Teen Drug Use Down Since 2002

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) recently released the results of its 2000 National Survey on Drug use and Health (NSDUH).  The findings included some encouraging trends about teen drug use, as well as some key issues to watch.

Among youth aged 12-17, the survey shows the significant decline in overall past-month illicit drug use from 2002 to 2008, from 11.6 percent in 2004 to 9.3 percent in 2008.  Additionally, the number of teens who reported past-month use of prescription-type psychotherapeutic drugs decreased significantly during this time frame, from 4.0 percent in 2002 to 2.9 percent in 2008.

Click here to view the full survey findings

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