NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse
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How many young people are addicted to drugs?

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, in 2006, 8.0% of youth in the United States (that's more than 2 million) between the ages of 12 and 17 met diagnostic criteria for abuse or dependence (addiction) on illicit drugs or alcohol. Of these only 181,000 youths received treatment at a specialty facility—about 8.7 percent of youths who needed treatment.