How many teens use cocaine?

It’s mostly adults who use cocaine, but a few teens report that they’ve tried it. Repeated cocaine use can lead to addiction and other negative health consequences. According to results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about 865,000 Americans met the criteria for dependence or abuse of cocaine (in any form) during the previous 12 months.2

The chart below shows the percentage of teens who use cocaine.

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Monitoring the Future Study: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs for 8th Graders, 10th Graders, and 12th Graders; 2019 (in percent)*
Drug Time Period 8th Graders 10th Graders 12th Graders
Cocaine Lifetime 1.20 2.50 3.80
Past Year 0.70 1.50 2.20
Past Month 0.30 0.60 1.00
Crack Cocaine Lifetime 0.90 0.90 1.70
Past Year 0.40 0.60 1.00
Past Month 0.20 0.30 0.70

For more statistics on teen drug use, see NIDA’s Monitoring the Future study.

2 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. Key Substance Use and Mental Health Indicators in the United States: Results From the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Rockville, MD. September 2017. Retrieved from