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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 misuse Amphetamine, Adderall, or Ritalin.

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2020 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
Amphetamine Lifetime 8.9 7.0 7.3
Past Year 5.3 4.3 4.3
Past Month 2.2 1.9 1.7
Adderall Past Year 2.7 2.9 4.4
Ritalin Past Year 0.5 1.0 1.7

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