Teen Substance Abuse Information and Prevention

Marijuana, club drugs, cocaine, heroin, inhalants, methamphetamines, prescription and over-the-counter drugs are becoming more and more prevalent in our schools and communities. It is important that teens and parents know about these drugs, what they are, where they are found, and the symptoms of drug use so they can be empowered to get help or encourage their loved ones or friends to seek help.

What We Are Doing About It: SADD chapters have access to a wealth of information, tools, and prevention programs to raise awareness on the dangers of drugs and to empower each other to stand strong against the decision to take drugs.

Drug Use Statistics

  • Nearly half (44%) of American young people have tried cigarettes by twelfth grade, and one out of five (20%) twelfth graders is a current smoker. [NIDA]
  • From 2008 to 2009, the current (past-month) illicit drug use rate among youths ages 12-17 increased from 9.3% to 10%, after six years of continued decline. [SAMHSA]
  • In 2008, an estimated 20.1 million Americans ages 12 or older (8.0%) were current (past-month) illicit drug users. [SAMHSA]
  • The highest levels of past-year dependence or abuse in 2008 for specific drugs were for marijuana (4.2 million), pain relievers (1.7 million), and cocaine (1.4 million). [SAMHSA]
  • The current marijuana use rate among youth (ages 12-17) is 6.7%. [SAMHSA]
  • The current hallucinogen use rate among youth (ages 12-17) is 1.0%. [SAMHSA]

Make a contribution or find out more information on the prevention of underage drug use by contacting us.