MAY FAST FACTS
For young people, alcohol is the drug of choice. In fact, alcohol is used by more young people than tobacco or illicit drugs. Early adolescence is a time of special risk for beginning to experiment with alcohol. (NIDA)
Long-term studies on patterns of drug usage among young people show that very few of them use other drugs without first starting with marijuana. For example, one study found that among adults (age 26 and older) who had used cocaine, 62 percent had initiated marijuana use before age 15. By contrast, less than one percent of adults who never tried marijuana went on to use cocaine. (NIDA, 2015)
Teens who are past month heavy marijuana users are significantly more likely than teens who have not used marijuana in the past to: use cocaine/crack (30 times more likely); use Ecstasy (20 times more likely); abuse prescription pain relievers (15 times more likely); and abuse over-the-counter medications (14 times more likely). This clearly denotes that teens that use marijuana regularly are using other substances at a much higher rate than teens who do not smoke marijuana, or smoke less often. (NIDA, 2015)
Only 45% of teens believe that abusing cough medicine to get high is risky, which means that over half believe it is not. (CADCA, 2015)
MONTHLY FAST FACTS
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