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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