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Drug and Alcohol Use Statistics

Parents may not realize just how available illicit drugs are to their children. They may not realize how young children are when they begin to experiment with alcohol and drugs. Statistics can be sobering, and can alert parents to the need to communicate with their children about the dangers of substance abuse and help them develop strategies to cope with peer pressure.

Availability of Illicit Drugs to Girls Ages 12-17
Illicit Drug Use Among Youth Who Smoke Cigarettes and Drink Alcohol
Heavy Alcohol Use Among Young Adults
Binge Drinking Among Underage Persons
Inhalant Use Among Youth
Obtaining Marijuana Easy for Youth
Youth Substance Use: State Estimates (Summary)
Club Drugs: Summary of Statistics
Marijuana Treatment Admissions Increase
Amphetamine Treatment Admissions Increase
National Drug Abuse Statistics Summary
Trends in Initiation of Drug Use


“In the United States, approximately three-fourths of all deaths among persons aged 10–24 years result from only four causes: motor-vehicle crashes, other unintentional injuries, homicide, and suicide. Results from the 1999 national Youth Risk Behavior Survey demonstrate that numerous high school students engage in behaviors that increase their likelihood of death from these four causes…[including alcohol and illicit drug use]” Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), Centers for Disease Control, Risk Youth Behavior Surveillance.