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Teen Drug Use—2014 Statistics Animated

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Even though some of us get a thrill looking at statistics—it’s fair to say that’s not a universal feeling.  But knowing the numbers is key to understanding drug use as a public health problem.  With this information you see where we’ve made progress in reducing the number of teens that use drugs and where we still have work to do.  So turn up the volume and get your stats on with NIDA’s new animated infographic.

What is this data from?

NIDA’s latest infographic features data from the 2014 Monitoring the Future survey

Keep an eye out for these key stats:

  • Alcohol, cigarette, and illicit drug use is down among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders.
  • Almost two-thirds (64%) of high school seniors do not view regular marijuana use as harmful.
  • Only 14.2% of 12th graders view e-cigarette use as harmful, which is less than 5 students in the average class.

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Update: The 2016 Monitoring the Future survey found the same positive trends! Read “Fewer Teens Are Smoking and Drinking.”

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I would be curios to know the stats in regard to how many view porn or any "process addiction" (i.e. food, sex, gambling, love, gaming, work, compulsive exercise, etc.) as pathological.
Yes Me too.
as students, who must determine themselves the only yourself. Could be a benchmark for us to control myself
Thanks for giving this statistic. Good parenting can take their children far from this.
These are great statistics but I would be more interested in knowing the cause behind each statistic and the reasons why they were up and down. Also more information on the difference from grade to grade and the correlation of those throughout the years.
It's horrible that the use of drug's statistics for teens are increasing
I hope these statistics take a positive turn soon. I don't think I could handle a great majority of my classmates smoking or during drugs by the time I'm a senior.
What are the stats for youth STD's,teenage pregnant,teen drug abuse and youth infected by HIV
Is there any correlation between finals (and the stress from finals) and addiction?

Addiction is a chronic disease that actually changes the brain, so it's not something that only shows up when someone is stressed. You can read more about addiction here: