Alcohol and cigarette use are down among teens, but marijuana use has not declined, a new report shows. For the first time, researchers found that more high school seniors smoke marijuana than regular cigarettes on a daily basis. It shows substance abuse among high schoolers is stable or down in most categories. Researchers at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor have been running the survey since , measuring use and monitoring teens' attitudes about drugs and alcohol.
Check out our interactive infographic to see progress toward the Substance Abuse objectives and other Healthy People topic areas. Reduce substance abuse to protect the health, safety, and quality of life for all, especially children. In , an estimated 22 million Americans struggled with a drug or alcohol problem. Almost 95 percent of people with substance use problems are considered unaware of their problem.
This is down from peak rates of However, throughout the nation, 10 million young people ages 12 to 29 are in need of substance abuse treatment. Among the millions, only 1 in 10 adolescents who have a substance use disorder actually receive the professional treatment they deserve. Some of the most commonly abused drugs are marijuana, cocaine, crack, opioids including heroin , LSD, ecstasy, and methamphetamine. The following are percentages for teen drug use by drug type.
As a parent, it is natural to worry about your teenager. And, like many parents, you may be afraid that your teen may try drugs, or worse, become dependent on drugs. While you cannot control everything your teen does, you can take steps to help your child stay away from drugs. Start by learning all you can about drugs and drug use. Learn the signs of drug use so that you can be alert.