Underage Drinking Illicit Drug Abuse

Underage Drinking Illicit Drug Abuse

Underage Drinking & Drug Use

For prescription drug abuse, go to our Prescription Drug Misuse & Abuse page.

Definition: This includes underage alcohol consumption and illicit drug abuse. 

Magnitude of the Problem: In a 2011 survey of high school students (CDC 2011 YRBS):

  • 22% reported binge drinking regularly and 39% reported having at least one drink in the past 30 days
  • 8% reported driving after drinking within the past 30 days
  • 23% reported using marijuana regularly and 40% reported using marijuana at least once in their lifetime
  • 7% reported using a form of cocaine at least once in their lifetime, 4% reported using methamphetamines at least once in their lifetime, 11% reported using inhalants at least once in their lifetime, 8% reported using ecstasy/MDMA at least once in their lifetime, and 9% reported using hallucinogenic drugs at least once in their lifetime

Prevention: For specific prevention strategies, visit the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA) or National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).

Trends in Drug Poisoning Deaths Among Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States, 2006–2015

Dr. Bina Ali of the Children’s Safety Network Economics and Data Analysis Resource Center is the lead author in a new study published in Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs. “Trends in Drug Poisoning Deaths Among Adolescents and Young Adults in the United States, 2006–2015” found that the nationwide opioid epidemic has led to an increase in the death rate for young people from overdoses.

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CSN Publications

New CSN Resources on the Costs of Childhood Injuries

Release Date: 
2017-11-28 00:00:00

In 2015, injuries caused 13,363 deaths in U.S. children and adolescents aged 0-19. In addition, injuries were responsible for 200,225 hospitalizations and almost 7.7 million emergency department (ED) visits in this population (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC], WISQARS, 2017). One important way to understand the burden of childhood injuries is by looking at the costs of those injuries.

The Medical Costs of Childhood Injuries: Deaths

In 2015, the total medical costs of injury-related deaths of children age 19 and younger was $153.2 million. This infographic breaks out the medical cost of child deaths by injury topic.

Download a PDF of the infographic for printing

This is part of a series on the costs of childhood injuries.

Additional infographics on the medical costs of childhood injuries:

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CSN Infographic

Monitoring the Future 2016 Survey Results | NIH

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) released the results from the 2016 Monitoring the Future (MTF) survey. The MTF survey is administered to 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students and focuses on drug use.

The results from the 2016 MTF survey are promising, showing a long-term decline in teen use of alcohol, tobacco, marijuana, and many other illicit substances. Prescription drug misuse has also declined. 

Dec 19 2016

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) | CDC

The Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS) monitors six types of health-risk behaviors that contribute to the leading causes of death and disability among youth and adults, including—
  • Behaviors that contribute to unintentional injuries and violence
  • Sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV infection
  • Alcohol and other drug use
  • Tobacco use
  • Unhealthy dietary behaviors
  • Inadequate physical activity
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Injury Prevention Links

Delivering the Scientific Facts about Drug Abuse to Teens

2014 marks the 4th annual National Drug Facts Week (NDFW), a health observance created by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to deliver the scientific facts to youth about the effects and consequences of drug abuse on the brain, body and behavior. More than 500 educational events and activities will be held by high schools, community centers, juvenile justice systems, treatment centers, prevention programs and other organizations across the country to shatter the myths about drugs and addiction:

CSN Webinar
Dec 09 2013


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