Teen Drug Use—2014 Statistics Animated

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Monitoring the Future 2014: Teen Drug Use

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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