The following is a list of statistics on teen substance abuse.
- In the United States, about 3000 teens smoke their first cigarette each day. Of those, about one-third of become addicted daily smokers.
- As of 2004, 27% of adolescents had used some sort of drug.
- In 2002, one-third of 10th grade students had used marijuana. Nearly one-fifth of 10th grade students said they had used marijuana in the past month.
- In 2002, 2% of 10th grade students had used cocaine, 3% had used opiates, 13% had used inhalants, nearly 5% had used a club drug like ectasy or methamphetamine, and about 2% had used anabolic steroids.
- While the use of most drugs by teenagers has decreased since 2001, the abuse of Oxycontin, a narcotic, has increased to 5% of 10th grade students in 2004.
Because of drug rehabilitation, education and prevention efforts in recent years we are actually looking at a steady decline in adolescent drug use. By getting more community members involved in drug prevention efforts, we can continue to have an effect on these numbers. Teaching our youth about the dangers of drug addiction helps them to be aware of the consequences associated with drug use and will help them to say no.
There are a number of drug rehab facilities across the nation that supports community efforts. Contact substance abuse treatment facilities in your area to find out what you can do to help. Together we can overcome the epidemic of drug abuse and addiction in our country.