Most Common Substances Abused by Teens

substance abuse treatment centers in Charlotte NCWe often wonder how our children will turn out as the grow and mature. Rarely do we think about the fact that they could abuse drugs throughout their adolescent years. Unfortunately, it happens and, if they engage in substance abuse as teens, that can really affect their adulthood.

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Did you know that it's more likely for your teen to find the drugs they use in your home versus outside the home? While it might sound unbelievable, there are many cases where teens are abusing their parents' prescription drugs. Prescribed drugs are one of the most commonly abused drugs among teens.

The other drug is marijuana. It's also abused by teens starting at a young age. Below, you'll find a few statistics from drugfreeworld.com that can help you understand how much of a problem this can become with your teen.

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  • A 2007 survey in the US found that 3.3% of 12- to 17-year-olds and 6% of 17- to 25-year-olds had abused prescription drugs in the past month.
  • According to the 2007 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2.1 million people in the US abused marijuana for the first time that year.
  • According to the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University, teens who abuse prescription drugs are twice as likely to use alcohol, five times more likely to use marijuana, and twelve to twenty times more likely to use illegal street drugs such as heroin, Ecstasy and cocaine than teens who do not abuse prescription drugs.
  • According to the US Drug Enforcement Administration, a large percentage of those arrested for crimes test positive for marijuana. Nationwide, 40% of adult males tested positive at the time of their arrest.
  • According to US government estimates, domestic marijuana production has increased tenfold over the last twenty-five years: from 1,000 metric tons (2.2 million pounds) in 1981 to 10,000 metric tons (22 million pounds) in 2006. Not surprisingly, 58% of those aged 12 to 17 state that pot is easy to obtain. US marijuana users spent approximately $10.5 billion on the drug in the year 2000.
  • Among 12- to 17-year-olds, 6.7% were current marijuana users in 2007.
  • By survey, almost 50% of teens believe that prescription drugs are much safer than illegal street drugs—60% to 70% say that home medicine cabinets are their source of drugs.
  • Depressants, opioids and antidepressants are responsible for more overdose deaths (45%) than cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and amphetamines (39%) combined. In the United States, the most deaths used to take place in inner cities in African-American neighborhoods, but they have now been overtaken by white rural communities. The same trend can be seen in the rates of hospitalization for substance abuse and emergency hospitalization for overdoses. Of the 1.4 million drug-related emergency room admissions in 2005, 598,542 were associated with abuse of pharmaceuticals alone or with other drugs.
  • Every day in the US, 2,500 youths (12 to 17) abuse a prescription pain reliever for the first time.
  • In 2005, 242,200 emergency room visits in the United States involved marijuana.
  • In 2005, 4.4 million teenagers (aged 12 to 17) in the US admitted to taking prescription painkillers, and 2.3 million took a prescription stimulant such as Ritalin. 2.2 million abused over-the-counter drugs such as cough syrup. The average age for first-time users is now 13 to 14.
  • In 2006 in the United States, 2.6 million people abused prescription drugs for the first time.
  • In 2007, the Drug Enforcement Administration found that abuse of the painkiller Fentanyl killed more than 1,000 people that year in the US. It is thirty to fifty times more powerful than heroin.
  • Next to alcohol, marijuana is the second most frequently found substance in the bodies of drivers involved in fatal automobile accidents.
  • Of adults 26 or older who used marijuana before age 15, 62% went on to use cocaine at some point in their lives; 9% went on to use heroin at least once; and 54% made some nonmedical use of mind-altering prescription drugs.
  • Over 94 million people in the US have admitted using pot at least once.
  • Prescription drug abuse causes the largest percentage of deaths from drug overdoses. Of the 22,400 drug overdose deaths in the US in 2005, opioid painkillers were the most commonly found drug, accounting for 38.2% of these deaths.
  • Prescription drug abuse, while most prevalent in the US, is a problem in many areas around the world including Europe, Southern Africa and South Asia. In the US alone, more than 15 million people abuse prescription drugs, more than the combined number who reported abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, inhalants and heroin.

If you fear your teen has a serious substance abuse problem and needs help, trust our substance abuse treatment centers in Charlotte NC. We can offer your child the following:

  • comprehensive onboarding and evaluation
  • individual counseling focused on the individual's needs
  • group therapy
  • adventure therapy
  • family therapy
  • drug testing
  • dual diagnosis
  • parental support and assistance
  • life skills
  • and many other programs that will be discussed upon contact

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