Adolescent drug use in the U.S.

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Statista dossier on adolescent drug use in the U.S.

This dossier presents facts and figures on adolescent drug use in the United States. It includes information on perceived availability of illegal drugs, drug use, deaths, and treatment, as well as specific chapters on marijuana, alcohol, and performance enhancing/ study drugs.

Table of contents

  • 1. Availability
    • Availability of marijuana as perceived by U.S. 12th graders 1975-2017

    • Availability of cocaine as perceived by U.S. 12th graders 1975-2017

    • Availability of LSD as perceived by U.S. 12th graders 1975-2017

    • U.S. 12th graders that believed steroids were easy to obtain 1991-2017

  • 2. Use
    • Lifetime prevalence of drug use within grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 1991-2017

    • Annual prevalence of drug use within grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 1991-2017

    • Substance use among youths in the U.S. by major depressive episode 2017

    • Lifetime prevalence of cocaine use within grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 1991-2017

    • Annual prevalence of cocaine use within grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 1991-2017

    • U.S. students who have used cocaine at least once 2017, by gender and ethnicity

    • Share of U.S. 12th graders who used OxyContin 2002-2017

    • U.S. students who have used hallucinogenic drugs 2017

  • 3. Marijuana
    • 30-day prevalence of marijuana use within grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 1991-2017

    • Annual prevalence of hashish use within grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 1991-2017

    • Lifetime prevalence of hashish use within grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 1991-2017

    • U.S. students who used marijuana, by gender and ethnicity

  • 4. Alcohol
    • Median age of first alcohol use among U.S. youth 1991-2015

    • Number of drinks U.S. youths drank on drinking days in the past month 1991-2015

    • 30-day prevalence of alcohol use within grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 1991-2017

    • Annual prevalence of alcohol use within grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 1991-2017

    • Lifetime prevalence of alcohol use within grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 1991-2017

    • Alcohol use in U.S. residents aged 12-20 years in 2017, by gender

    • Young vehicle drivers under influence of alcohol in U.S. by age 2017

  • 5. Performance enhancing/study drugs
    • U.S. 12th graders that believed steroids cause great harm 1991-2017

    • U.S. 12th graders that disapproved of steroid use between 1990-2017

    • Annual prevalence of steroid use within grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 1991-2017

    • Lifetime prevalence of steroid use within grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 2006-2017

    • U.S. 12th graders that believed trying Adderall causes great harm 2010-2017

    • Annual prevalence of Adderall use within grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 2009-2017

    • Annual prevalence of Adderall use within grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 2009-2017

    • Annual prevalence of Ritalin use within grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 2001-2017

  • 6. Deaths and treatment
    • U.S. drug overdose deaths among those aged 15 to 24 years from 1999 to 2016

    • U.S. drug overdose death rate among those aged 15 to 24 years from 1999 to 2016

    • Share of drug overdose deaths among U.S. teens 2015, by intent and gender

    • Number of substance abuse treatment non-adult clients in the U.S. 2007-2017

    • Share of substance abuse treatment facilities in the U.S. with special programs 2017

  • 7. Miscellaneous
    • High school student grades U.S. 2015, by substance use

    • U.S. juvenile arrest rate for drug abuse 2016, by state

    • 30-day prevalence of cigarette use for grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 1991-2017

    • Lifetime prevalence of cigarette use for grades 8, 10 and 12 in the U.S. 1991-2017

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