Facts Regarding Drug Abuse Among the Teens in USA


Use of the illicit drugs and prescription drugs is increasing among the teens in United States. The rate of use of the prescription drugs among the teens increased because they think that these drugs are safe to use. But these young adolescents neglect the fact that these drugs are highly addictive and can cause severe side effects.

Following are the facts regarding use of drugs among the teens in United States:

  • Drinking of the alcohol by the teens, cost the United States more than $58 billion every year.
  • According to some reports, there is high percent of the teens who started drinking at the age of 13, and developed dependance in the later stages of life. When compared to the teens aged 13, this percentage is less in the teens aged 17 and only 10 percent of them who started drinking at this age developed dependence.
  • 10 percent of teens report that they have attended a rave, and ecstasy and other drugs were available at more than two thirds of these raves.
  • Deaths caused due to the consumption of alcohol is six and half times more in teens when compared to the deaths occurring due to the use of other illicit drugs combined.
  • The probability of taking cocaine is high in the teens who drink the alcohol when compared to other teens who do not drink.
  • 63 Percent of the teens reported that they initially got the alcohol from their own or their friend’s homes.
  • A survey also showed that there are less chances of teens getting addicted to alcohol, if their parents discusses and explains their children about the negative consequences of alcohol.
  • More than 60 percent of teens said that drugs were sold, used, or kept at their school.
  • 20 percent of 8th graders said that they tried marijuana and 28 percent of the teens know a friend who used Ecstasy.
  • Nearly 15 percent of 10th and 12th graders have used amphetamines.

The above are the various facts regarding drug abuse among teens in United States.

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