Underage Drinking Illicit Drug Abuse

Underage Drinking Illicit Drug Abuse

Underage Drinking & Illicit Drug Abuse

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

National Rx Drug Abuse and Heroin Summit

April 17-20, 2017
Atlanta, GA

The 2017 National Rx Drug Abuse & Heroin Summit, taking place in Atlanta, GA, April 17 – 20. The Summit is the largest national collaboration of professionals from local, state, and federal agencies, business, academia, treatment providers, and allied communities impacted by prescription drug abuse and heroin use.

Featured speakers include:

Apr 17 2017

January 23-January 29 Is National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week

National Drug & Alcohol Facts Week® links students with scientists and other experts to counteract the myths about drugs and alcohol that teens get from the internet, social media, TV, movies, music, or from friends. It was launched in 2010 by scientists at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) to stimulate educational events in communities so teens can learn what science has taught us about drug use and addiction. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism became a partner starting in 2016, and alcohol has been added as a topic area for the week.

Jan 23 2017

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


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