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United States Adolescent Substance Abuse Facts

Tobacco-related behaviors among high school students (grades 9-12), 2013 and 2015 SA1

Percent of high school students who report they never tried cigarette smoking (even 1 or 2 puffs) 2013 2015
Total 59% 68%
Male 57% 66%
Female 60% 69%
Percent of high school students who report they smoked cigarettes on at least 1 day (during the 30 days before the survey) 2013 2015
Total 16% 11%
Male 16% 12%
Female 15% 10%
Percent of high school students who report they tried to quit smoking cigarettes (among students who currently smoked cigarettes, during the 12 months before the survey) 2013 2015
Total 48% 45%
Male 45% 40%
Female 51% 53%
Percent of high school students who report they usually obtained their own cigarettes by buying them in a store or gas station1 (during the 30 days before the survey) 2013 2015
Total 18% 13%
Male 20% 17%
Female 16% 8%
Percent of high school students who report they used chewing tobacco, snuff, or dip on at least 1 day (during the 30 days before the survey) 2013 2015
Total 9% 7%
Male 15% 12%
Female 3% 2%
Percent of high school students who report they used electronic vapor products including e-cigarettes, e-cigars, e-pipes, vape pipes, vaping pens, e-hookahs, and hookah pens on at least 1 day (during the 30 days before the survey) 2013 2015
Total Unavailable 24%
Male Unavailable 26%
Female Unavailable 23%

1 Among the students who were under age 18.

Unavailable: This measure was new in 2015.


Alcohol-related behaviors among high school students (grades 9-12), 2013 and 2015 SA1

Percent of high school students who report they drank alcohol for the first time before age 13 (other than a few sips) 2013 2015
Total 19% 17%
Male 20% 20%
Female 17% 15%
Percent of high school students who report they had at least 1 drink of alcohol on at least 1 day (during the 30 days before the survey) 2013 2015
Total 35% 33%
Male 34% 32%
Female 35% 34%
Percent of high school students who report they had 5 or more drinks of alcohol in a row within a couple of hours on at least 1 day (during the 30 days before the survey) 2013 2015
Total 21% 18%
Male 22% 19%
Female 20% 17%
Percent of high school students who report they usually obtained the alcohol they drank by someone giving it to them (among students who currently drank alcohol, during the 30 days before the survey) 2013 2015
Total 42% 44%
Male 37% 40%
Female 47% 48%
Percent of high school students who report they drove a car or other vehicle when drinking alcohol 1 or more times (during the 30 days before the survey) 2013 2015
Total 10% 8%
Male 12% 10%
Female 8% 6%
Percent of high school students who report they rode (in a car or other vehicle) with a driver who had been drinking alcohol 1 or more times (during the 30 days before the survey) 2013 2015
Total 22% 20%
Male 21% 20%
Female 22% 20%

Marijuana use among high school students (grades 9-12), 2013 and 2015 SA1

Percent of high school students who report they ever used marijuana 1 or more times (lifetime) 2013 2015
Total 41% 39%
Male 42% 40%
Female 39% 37%

Inhalant use among high school students (grades 9-12), 2013 and 2015 SA1

Percent of high school students who report they ever sniffed glue, breathed the contents of aerosol spray cans, or inhaled any paints or sprays to get high, 1 or more times (lifetime) 2013 2015
Total 9% 7%
Male 8% 7%
Female 10% 7%

Cocaine use among high school students (grades 9-12), 2013 and 2015 SA1

Percent of high school students who report they used any form of cocaine (for example, powder, crack, or freebase) 1 or more times (lifetime) 2013 2015
Total 6% 5%
Male 7% 6%
Female 4% 4%

Nonmedical use of pain relievers, ages 12-17, 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 SA2

Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who report they used pain relievers for nonmedical reasons in the past year 2011-2012 2013-2014
Total 6% 5%

Needing but not receiving treatment for substance use, ages 12-17, 2011-2012 and 2013-2014 SA2

Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who report they needed but did not receive treatment for alcohol use in the past year 2011-2012 2013-2014
Total 3% 3%
Percent of adolescents ages 12-17 who report they needed but did not receive treatment for illicit drug use in the past year 2011-2012 2013-2014
Total 4% 3%

DATA NOTES

All percentages have been rounded to the nearest whole number.

National and state data sheets are updated annually. The specific timing of updates depends on the release schedule of the data sources cited for each topic.

DATA SOURCES

SA1
High school data are from: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2016). 1991-2015 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey data. Retrieved June 30, 2016 from http://nccd.cdc.gov/YouthOnline/App/Default.aspx
SA2
2011-2012 data on use of pain relievers and need of treatment are from: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2014). 2011-2012 NSDUH State Prevalence Estimates – Individual Excel and CSV Files by Outcome. Tables 8, 21, and 22. Retrieved June 30, 2016, from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/population-data-nsduh/reports
SA3
2013-2014 data on use of pain relievers and need of treatment are from: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). 2013-2014 NSDUH State Prevalence Estimates – Individual Excel and CSV Files by Outcome. Tables 8, 21, and 22. Retrieved June 30, 2016, from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/population-data-nsduh/reports

 

Content created by Office of Adolescent Health
Content last reviewed on January 25, 2017