Illegal drug use among teens in the United States is on the decline, according to a new federal report. Encouragingly, the new study also found that alcohol use, binge drinking and the use of tobacco products among young people between the ages of 12 and 17 also dropped between and The annual survey of 70, people aged 12 and older across the United States revealed that between and , substance dependence or abuse problems among this age group also dropped from 8. Rates of drug abuse among young people between 12 and 17 years old dropped from almost 12 percent in to 9. In , rates of illegal drug use among teens fell even further to just under 9 percent. Alcohol use among young people between the ages of 12 and 17 dropped to
Teen Alcohol and Drug Use
Teens: Alcohol And Other Drugs
Substance abuse , also known as drug abuse , is use of a drug in amounts or by methods which are harmful to the individual or others. It is a form of substance-related disorder. Differing definitions of drug abuse are used in public health, medical and criminal justice contexts. In some cases criminal or anti-social behaviour occurs when the person is under the influence of a drug, and long term personality changes in individuals may occur as well. Drugs most often associated with this term include: alcohol , amphetamines , barbiturates , benzodiazepines , cannabis , cocaine , hallucinogens , methaqualone , and opioids. The exact cause of substance abuse is not clear, with the two predominant theories being: either a genetic disposition which is learned from others, or a habit which if addiction develops, manifests itself as a chronic debilitating disease. Public health practitioners have attempted to look at substance use from a broader perspective than the individual, emphasizing the role of society, culture, and availability.
Teen Substance Use & Risks
People from all walks of life can experience problems with their drug use, regardless of age, race, background, or the reason they started using drugs in the first place. Some people experiment with recreational drugs out of curiosity, to have a good time, because friends are doing it, or to ease problems such as stress, anxiety, or depression. Prescription medications such as painkillers, sleeping pills, and tranquilizers can cause similar problems. In fact, next to marijuana, prescription painkillers are the most abused drugs in the U. Addiction to opioid painkillers can be so powerful it has become the major risk factor for heroin abuse.
MDMA methylenedioxymethamphetamine is a synthetic, psychoactive drug with a chemical structure similar to the stimulant methamphetamine and the hallucinogen mescaline. MDMA is an illegal drug that acts as both a stimulant and psychedelic, producing an energizing effect, as well as distortions in time and perception and enhanced enjoyment from tactile experiences. MDMA was first synthesized by a German company in , possibly to be used as an appetite suppressant. It has been available as a street drug since the s, and use escalated in the s among college students and young adults. Then, it was most often distributed at late-night parties called "raves", nightclubs, and rock concerts.