A recent report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) details just how pervasive substance abuse is in teens. Here are some of the statistics on daily substance use of teens aged 12 to 17 years old:

  • Nearly 1 million smoke cigarettes
  • Nearly 650,00 smoke marijuana
  • Nearly 500,000 consume alcohol

Each day a large number experience a substance of abuse for the first time:

  • Over 7,600 consume alcohol
  • Nearly 4,600 use an illicit drug
  • 4,000 smoke marijuana
  • 3,700 smoke a cigarette
  • Over 2,100 misuse a prescription pain reliever

The SAMHSA report found that more than 71,000 of this group were in an outpatient treatment program, 9,300 were in a non-hospital-based residential program and over 1,250 were being treated as a hospital inpatient.

Emergency department visits for this group were also significant. Each day approximately 165 were seen for marijuana-related problems, 185 for alcohol-related problems and 75 for misuse of pain relievers.

The CBHSQ Report, 08/29/13

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