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Stats & Infographics

The latest statistics, trends, and infographics on teen drug abuse in the United States.

Monitoring the Future 2015 Survey Results

December 2015

NIH’s 2015 Monitoring the Future survey shows long term decline in illicit drug use, prescription opioid abuse, cigarette and alcohol use among the nation’s youth.

Monitoring the Future 2014 Survey Results

December 2014

NIH’s 2014 Monitoring the Future survey shows high rates of e-cigarette use and fewer concerns about marijuana’s risks.

Marijuana Use Can Lower Your Grades

November 2014

Students who use marijuana regularly tend to get lower grades and are more likely to drop out of high school than those who don't use. See the latest stats and effects of marijuana on the teen brain.

Dirty Money and Cocaine

November 2014

Dirty money: find out just how much of your cash may be soiled with cocaine and bacteria.

Drug Overdoses Kill More Than Cars, Guns, and Falling

September 2014

A person can overdose on drugs the very first time they try them. Get the stats on how drug overdoses compare with other accidental deaths in this infographic.

Drugged Driving Infographic

August 2014

Young people are putting themselves and others at risk of harm by driving after using illicit drugs or drinking alcohol. A graphical representation of the complex issue of drugged driving.

Pushing Pause

February 2014

Science shows that by pausing before acting, teens can help shape their futures for the better.  In this infographic, find out how teens can train their brains.

Popping Pills: Prescription Drug Abuse in America

January 2014

The misuse and abuse of prescription medications in the United States remains high, but few people are aware of just how big the problem really is. See the reality of the situation depicted in this colorful infographic.

Teen Drug Use - Monitoring the Future 2013 Infographic

January 2014

2013 survey data shows high rates of marijuana use but decreases in abuse of pain relievers and some synthetic drugs. A visual picture of the latest stats and trends in teen drug abuse and related attitudes.

"Wiring" Your Brain

December 2013

For teens, actions taken today affect the efficiency of their brains tomorrow. See this informative infographic to understand why “use it or lose it” applies to the teen brain.

Stop Rx Abuse - Ignorance is NO excuse

November 2013

Parents and teens get a starting point to talk opening and honestly about prescription drug use. Find out how to get started with this educational graphic.

The Awesomely Evolved Human Brain

September 2013

The brain is an organ that has evolved through millions of years.  Through this engaging infographic, discover how drug use affects the brain's reward system.

Abuse of Prescription (Rx) Drugs Affects Young Adults Most

June 2013

More young adults are abusing prescription drugs than any other age group. Learn just how many are doing it and why in this informative infographic.

Teens Mix Prescription Opioids with Other Substances

April 2013

Teens who abuse Rx opioids (pain medicines) often combine them with marijuana or alcohol. View a graphical picture of this information issue.

Synthetic Marijuana Lands Thousands of Young People in the ER, Especially Young Males

February 2013

Emergency departments are seeing more young people with severe symptoms results from use of synthetic marijuana (often called “Spice” or “K2”). See the whole story unfold in this informative picture.

Teen Drug Use - Monitoring the Future 2012 Infographic

December 2012

2012 survey shows teen alcohol and cigarette use are down, while illicit drug use has risen in recent years. An infographic of the latest trends and related attitudes in teen drug abuse.

Drug and Alcohol Use - A Significant Risk Factor for HIV

November 2012

From 2005 to 2009, 1 in 3 persons with HIV was a current drug user or binged on alcohol. This visual representation explains the link between HIV and drug use.

Maternal Opiate Use and Newborns Suffering From Opiate Withdrawal are on the Rise in the U.S.

October 2012

One baby per hour is born suffering from withdrawal from prescription pain medicine (opioids) in the U.S. Find out more about this important health issue.

Providers Defer HIV Treatment for Injection Drug Users (IDUs)

July 2012

Healthcare providers are reluctant to offer therapy for HIV for patients who inject drugs—even those with high levels of infection. Learn more about the scope of this problem in this infographic.

Prescription Drug Abuse: Young People at Risk

June 2012

Young people are abusing prescription drugs at alarming rates. See just how bad it has become through this infographic.

Monitoring the Future Study

The latest trends in drug use among 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students.

National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)

A report on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use.

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

A survey that monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to death and disability.

Drug and Alcohol Use in College-Age Adults in 2014

February 2016

The 2014 Monitoring the Future College Students and Adults survey shows trends in alcohol, marijuana, nicotine, and stimulant use in college students and non-college peers.