- More teens die from prescription drugs than heroin/cocaine combined.
- In 2013, more high school seniours regularly used marijuana than cigarettes as 22.7 percent smoked pot in the last month, compared to 16.3 percent who smoked cigarettes.
- 60 percent of seniors don't see regular marijana use as harmful, but THC (the active ingredient in the drug that causes addiction) is nearly five times stronger than it was 20 years ago.
- One-third of teenagers who live in states with medical marijuana laws get their pot from other people's prescriptions.
- The United States represents 5 percent of the world's population and 75 percent of prescription drugs taken. 60 percent of teens who abuse prescription drugs get them free from friends and relatives.
- Adderall use (often prescribed to treat ADHD) has increased among high school seniors from 5.4 percent in 2009 to 7.5 percent this year.
- 54 percent of high school seniors do not think regular steroid use is harmful, the lowest number since 1980, when the National Institute on Drug Abuse started asking about perception on steroids.
- By the 8th grade, 28 percent of adolescents have consumed alcohol, 15 percent have smoked cigarettes, and 16.5 percent have used marijuana.
- Teens who consistently learn about the risks of drugs from their parents are up to 50 percent less likely to use drugs than those who don't.
- 6.5 percent of high school seniors smoke pot daily, up from 5.1 percent five years ago. Meanwhile, less than 20 percent of 12th graders think occasional use is harmful, while less than 40 percent see regular use as harmful (lowest numbers since 1983).
- About half of high school seniors do not think it's harmful to try crack or cocaine once or twice and 40 percent believe it's not harmful to use heroin once or twice.
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Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention