Teen drug abuse statistics: Top 5 government sites

Where can you go for the latest teen drug abuse statistics? We list the top 5 government websites where you can download teen drug abuse statistics here. Plus, we let you know where to go for extended teenage statistics for at risk youth, such as statistics on drug related deaths.

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Teenage drug abuse statistics

1. oas.samhsa.gov – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) reports directly to Congress (and gets money for addiction research from them). Little wonder that the National Survey on Drug Use & Health is viewed as the pulse of addiction for the nation. Click here for the latest National Survey on Drug Use & Health … or browse the homepage for additional report information.

2. nida.nih.gov – The National Institute on Drug Abuse is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and sponsors the annual Monitoring the Future (MFT) study, the go-to reference for teen drug abuse stats. Search the NIDA site for keywords “Monitoring the Future Survey” to find the report. If you have no time, interest or need for fully comprehensive stats, see the MFT study for an authoritative look at teen drug abuse statistics.

3. cdc.gov – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducts a national school-based survey and compiles it with state, territorial, tribal, and district surveys to form the Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS). Search their site for keywords “YRBSS: Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System” to access the most result study results.

4. childstats.gov – This is the official website of the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, which publishes research and activities of 22 Federal government agencies who target children and families. Search for the annual report “America’s Children in Brief”. This report summarizes some of the key findings of the Monitoring the Future Report. Download the annual .pdf file and browse the section called BEHAVIOR.

5. whitehousedrugpolicy.gov – This is the official website of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP). ONDCP is a component of the Executive Office of the President, and was created in 1988. Search for the keywords “Juveniles & Drugs: Facts & Figures” to get an overview of multiple federal agencies’ research summaries.

At risk youth statistics

Drug related deaths

* cdc.gov – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has a division called the National Center for Health Statistics that puts out an annual mortality report. This report outlines the number of deaths due to drug use, the gender of users and their ages. Download the CDC mortality report here and search the .pdf file for the words “drug” to find the sections on drug and alcohol induced mortality

* samhsa.gov – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) annual medical examiner report features drug-related fatalities from selected areas across the United States. Click here to download the publication on fatalities caused by drugs.

Teenage drinking statistics

Know of any other sources of teen statistics?  Especially as relates to teenage drinking?   Let us know by leaving a link below.

About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. Thanks for posting this about statistics for teen drug addiction. It’s an important information about which drug abuse sites you can trust. Nowadays, teenager are so experimental when it comes to substances, to the point that they are becoming addicted to drugs right off the bat.

  2. Hi I am one. Thanks for your insight. Just remember that occasional use of drugs can turn into abuse, which is what leads to addiction. So experimentation may seem fun at the beginning, but it does come with risks.

  3. Us teens aren’t dumb, we know the side effects & the consequences. But its our choice, an we are going to make our own decisions whether you like it or not. You cant change that.
    You only live once.

  4. exactly meaan it makes you want to do more drugs. Its what you hear from the people you look up too & are inspired by, that really makes your children want to try themm. I ate 30 doses of acid at once, & i had the besttime of my life. Drugs are really just a big learning experience. Theyre frowned upon, but for the people who know how to control themselves, they learn alot. ive learned alot, & i have a better memory than half the people i knoww. But rehab really should only be for addicts. Meth Heroin Crack are the only problems. No one should be forcefully sent to rehab, when they dont need it.

    & Im a 17 year old girl. I got over my addictions. & ill do any drug but meth crack or heroin. that anyone wants to put in my face, cus i know it wont phase me. its for funn

  5. Marijuana should be the least of your concerns. He doesnt smoke weed because hes addicted, he smokes because he wants too. Weed is now used for medical purposes, & when do you ever hear someone dying because the weed itsself? it relaxes you, makes you hungary an wanna pass out, vs anything else like alcohol makes you wanna get “up an runn”, along with ecstasy, molly, shrooms, acid, dmt… etc. but truthfully none are addicting theyre just fun to doo. As for Meth, it gives you that get up an go feeling too, but its addicting. Heroin has pretty much the same effects as weed, but it is addicting thus thats why its a problem, an Meth & Heroin are really the only drugs a parent should worry about. Ive done these drugs countless numbers of times, for a estimate 200 times each & i never got addicted to anything but Meth & Heroin. Doing one drug doesnt exact

  6. Hi Olga, If your son isn’t ready for treatment, no one can really help him. Although you may be able to force him to go to a rehab, it will not help until he is willing to stop smoking marijuana himself. Instead of thinking of fixing him, you can look to organizations like Al-Anon to work on yourself.

  7. I have a 17 years old son and am looking for help. He is addictive to marijuana and am looking for government institutions that can help me with this.

    Thank you for your help.

  8. It really depends upon the definition of “Adult” versus “Teen” or “Adolescent”. It might also be useful to think less in terms of numbers, and more in terms of percentages in order to evaluate particular populations. In terms of percentages, the 2009 SAMHSA survey on drug use reported that past year illicit drug use rate was higher for young adults aged 18 to 25 (21.2 percent) than for youths aged 12 to 17 (10.0 percent) and adults aged 26 or older (6.3 percent).

  9. There should be alot of educational programmes that focuses on drug and substance abuse, they should know what the side effects are and what happens to your inner body.

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