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Hookah surrounded by tobacco smoke.

High School Seniors Are Taking Up the Hookah

Sara Bellum
March 19, 2014

NIDA’s 2013 Monitoring the Future study reported that more than 20%—that’s 1 in 5—high school seniors have used a hookah to smoke tobacco. A hookah is a pipe that burns flavored tobacco and passes the smoke through water before it is inhaled. Read More »

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Monitoring the Future 2013

Share the Latest Stats During National Drug Facts Week

Sara Bellum
January 30, 2014

During National Drug Facts Week (NDFW), communities across the country are shattering the myths about drug abuse and addiction. Read More »

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A group of teens posing in the snow

Nationwide Survey Shows Fewer Teens Think Marijuana Is Harmful

Sara Bellum
December 18, 2013

Today, NIDA released the latest results from the 2013 Monitoring the Future (MTF) study, which asks more than 40,000 8th, 10th, and 12th graders about drug, alcohol, and cigarette use. The study revealed both good news and areas for concern. Read More »

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Teens sitting and relaxing

Real Teens Ask: How Many Teens Use Drugs?

Sara Bellum
June 19, 2013

This post, which originally appeared on SBB in October 2009, answers one of the most common questions NIDA hears from teens. The stats here come from the 2012 Monitoring the Future study. Read More »

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Chart of Past-Year Teen Drug Abuse

During National Drug Facts Week: The Truth About Prescription Drugs

Dr. Nora D. Volkow, NIDA Director
February 01, 2013

Did you know that prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) drugs are the most commonly abused substances by high school seniors (after marijuana and alcohol)? Read More »

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