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Teens ages 12 to 17 who abused alcohol or drugs in the past year in United States

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Children age 12 to 17 who reported dependence on or abuse of illicit drugs or alcohol in the past year.
Illicit Drug Use includes the misuse of prescription psychotherapeutics or the use of marijuana, cocaine (including crack), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or methamphetamine. Misuse of prescription psychotherapeutics is defined as use in any way not directed by a doctor, including use without a prescription of one's own; use in greater amounts, more often, or longer than told; or use in any other way not directed by a doctor. Prescription psychotherapeutics do not include over-the-counter drugs.
Dependence or abuse is based on definitions found in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. This data is based on a 2-year average of survey responses.


Data Source

Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies. State Estimates of Substance Use from the National Survey on Drug Use and Health were accessed online.


A 95 percent confidence interval for each estimate can be found at  Teens ages 12 to 17 who abused alcohol or drugs in the past year.

Last Updated

May 2021