illicit drugsStatistics

  • 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% drop in 2016 use compared to five years ago.
  • In 2016, 14.3% of 12th graders say they used an illicit drug other than marijuana, compared to its recent peak of 17.8% in 2013.
  • More than 20% of U.S. teens will have used a prescription drug for a nonmedical purpose by the time they are high school seniors.