Teen Drug Abuse Statistics

some of the drugs that teens abuse

Teen drug abuse statistics have grown exponentially to the point that you may be startled at the latest results, so sitting down is recommended. In 2012 a monitoring survey measured the “teen” use of alcohol, drugs, and tobacco reflecting the attitudes of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders. The results came as no big surprise to the survey takers and probably received the same reaction with some parents, too.

The following facts pretty much speak volumes.

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Regarding high school and youth trends, illicit drug use among teenagers has blossomed like poppies in a vacant field, and continues at a speedy rate largely due to the popularity of marijuana. In 2012, lists were made available in terms of teen drug abuse statistics:

Overall Teen Drug Abuse Statistics (all substances)

  • 8th Graders – 30.3 percent
  • 10th Graders – 44.9 percent
  • 12th Graders – 52.8 percent

Teen Drug Abuse – Marijuana Only

  • 8th Graders – 6.5 percent
  • 10th Graders – 17 percent
  • 12th Graders – 22.9 percent
  • Daily use of marijuana bumped up from 5.1 percent to 6.5 percent over the past 5 years.

Even though some states have legalized marijuana, for decades it was available to anyone with the cash, and could be purchased in any back alley, college party, or a neighbor down the street. However the new “kid-on-the-block” is synthetic marijuana also known as “Spice” or “K2.” This herb mixture is laced with high powered synthetic stuff that acts in the brain much like the real thing.

Now that we’ve ruffled your feathers, do teen drug rehab and treatment centers help? Yes the rehab/treatment centers do help, but sadly here in the United States, only one in ten teens actually get the professional help required to kick most all of their nasty habits and turn their lives around. The following tips should be required reading before, during and after engaging in a potential drug rehab program:

  • Understand that detox is not a full recovery
  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help
  • Work with a program – not against it
  • Open up to others in the program who are in the same struggle as you
  • Never get discouraged

Remember you can clean and detox your body, but teen drug abuse stats show that addiction is a psychological condition; ergo, you must clean your mind, too.

To find help for a teen, call 1-800-895-1695
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