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Fast Facts

  • U.S. teen use of all illicit drugs is at a newly-recorded low, while past-year teen use of illicit drugs other than marijuana is down from recent peaks.
  • Teen use of prescription opioid pain relievers is trending downwards among 12th graders, with a 45 percent drop in 2016 use compared to five years ago.
  • In 2016, 14.3 percent of 12th graders say they used an illicit drug other than marijuana, compared to its recent peak of 17.8 percent in 2013.

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 Interesting Information

  • The American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy offers information on adolescent substance abuse.
  • Preventteendruguse.org features a collection of preventative resources for parents and school administrators. The site offers videos and stories that reinforce messages about the dangers of substance abuse.