How many teens misuse cough and cold medicines?

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Amphetamine, Inhalant & Cough Medicine Misuse Trending Upward Among Eighth Graders  The percentage of eighth graders who misused amphetamines, inhalants, and cough medicine over the past 12 months continues to gradually increase.

The chart below shows the percentage of teens who say they use cough and cold medicine.

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Over-the-Counter Cough/Cold Medicine for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2020 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
Over-the-Counter Cough/Cold Medicine Past Year 4.6 3.3 3.2

Explore teen substance use trends over time, by grade and substance with an interactive chart featuring Monitoring the Future data from 2016 to present

For the most recent statistics on teen drug use, see results from NIDA’s Monitoring the Future study.