NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse
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How Many Teens Abuse Cocaine?

According to the 2012 Monitoring the Future study, a NIDA-funded survey of teens in grades 8, 10, and 12, the following percentages of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders had abused cocaine at least once in the past year:

  • Powder cocaine: 1.0% of 8th graders, 1.8% of 10th graders, and 2.4% of 12th graders
  • Crack cocaine: 0.6% of 8th graders, 0.8% of 10th graders, and 1.2% of 12th graders