THE PROJECT: National Drug & Alcohol Stats

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The Facts

  • 90% of addictions get their start in the teenage years. – CASA Columbia, 2012
  • Drug overdoses kill more than cars, guns and falling each year. – CDC, 2011
  • One person dies every 19 minutes from a prescription drug overdose in the United States. – The Partnership at Drugfree.org
  • 9 Million adolescents and young adults between the ages of 12-25 need help with drug and alcohol problems. – 2009, National Study on Drugs and Health
  • 85 Million people are impacted in some way by substance abuse from family members, friends, care givers & employers. – The Partnership at Drugfree.org
  • $374 billion dollars per year are spent by federal and state governments on substance abuse and addiction, but only 1.9% of this dollar amount is spent on drug and alcohol prevention & treatment. – The Partnership at Drugfree.org


  • Everyday 3,287 teens use marijuana for the First Time – NSDUH, SAMSHA, 2014
  • 68.9 percent of high school seniors do not view regular marijuana smoking as harmful. (NIDA, 2016)
  • Of 2.4 Million marijuana users, 78% began to use between the ages of 12 to 20. – NSDUH, SAMSHA, 2014
  • In an average day 4,365 teens used an illicit drug (marijuana, prescription medications) for the first time – SAMHSA, 2012
  • In 2015, 7% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 were current users of marijuana. SAMHSA, 2015

Prescription Drugs

  • More than 2,000 kids everyday use a prescription medicine to get high for the first time. – The Partnership at Drugfree.org
  • 1 in 4 Teens (5 million) report having misused or abused a prescription drug at least once in their lifetime (Ritalin, Adderall).  – The Partnership at Drugfree.org
  • Of those kids who said they abused Rx medications, one in five (20 percent) has done so before age 14. – The Partnership at Drugfree.org


  • In 2012, an estimated 9.3 million underage persons (aged 12 to 20) drank alcohol, including 5.9 million binge drinkers and 1.7 million heavy drinkers. – SAMHSA, 2012
  • In 2015, About 2 out of 5 young adults aged 18 to 25 were current binge alcohol users, and 1 out of every 10 young adults were heavy alcohol users. –SAMHSA, 2015


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