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Most Abused Addictive Substances by Teens In 2016 Abuse of illicit substances is a big problem, especially among teenagers. This is the result of a variety of factors including the pressure to fit in with others. In the absence of sufficient support structures and guidance, adolescents often fall back to addictive substances to face various challenges which are a part and parcel of this age including the demons of loneliness, of hormonal and attitudinal changes, and new challenges thrown towards them by school and friends. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), approximately 10.2 percent teenagers above 12 years of age used illicit drugs in the past 30 days in 2014. In this age of everwidening disconnectedness between people, drug abuse or abuse of other illicit substances has emerged as one of the rapidly growing concerns among the teenagers. Interestingly, the use of illicit drugs, except marijuana, has declined to a large extent among the teens, as per the annual monitoring the Future (MTF) survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Overall, the decline has been 5.4 percent among 8th graders from 12.6 in 1995, 9.8 percent among 10th graders from 18.4 percent in 1996, and 14.3 percent among 12th graders from 21.6 percent in 2001. Though there has been a remarkable decline in substance abuse or drug abuse among the teenagers, there are certain addictive substances which are still popular in this demographic. Here is a list of substances that were abused extensively by teenagers in 2016: 1. Marijuana The year 2016, saw a number of changes in the marijuana laws in the U.S. According to the survey, the new marijuana laws lead to a higher use of marijuana among 12th graders in states with medical marijuana laws compared to states without them. In 2016, approximately 38.3 percent of high school seniors in states with medical marijuana laws said that they used


marijuana during the last year, compared to 33.3 percent in nonmedical marijuana states. In fact, the daily marijuana use among 10th graders exceeded cigarette use (2.5 vs. 1.9 percent), as well as 12th graders (6.0 vs. 4.8 percent). 2. Alcohol Alcohol is one of the most commonly abused substances in the U.S. Though alcohol use and binge drinking have continued to decline over the past few years, the MTF survey found that 22.8 percent of 8th graders tried alcohol at least once. While among 10th graders lifetime alcohol use was reportedly 43.4 percent, and among 12th graders it was 61.2 percent, both demographics saw significant a drop from previous years. 3. Synthetic drugs Although the use of synthetic drugs has seen a remarkable fall, the growing use of synthetic cathinones, commonly known as “bath salts,� by youngsters has become a major headache for the medical fraternity. While the use of synthetic drugs has fallen among the 12th graders from 1.3 percent to 0.8 percent in 2016, its use has significantly increased among 8th graders from 0.4 percent in 2015 to 0.9 percent in 2016. Rescue teenagers from addiction Apart from these, the abuse of nicotine, tobacco and opioids is rapidly increasing among youngsters. It should always be remembered that the abuse of addictive substances can alter an individual’s brain function and decision-making capacity, as well as lead to the development of severe health issues. Therefore, one should always be cautious when indulging in any sort of drugs. If you know someone who is addicted to drugs and is seeking information about the substance abuse treatment centers in Texas, the Texas Substance Abuse Helpline representatives can help. Call our 24/7 helpline number 866-971-2658 to get assistance and the required information about the best treatment facilities in Texas and other parts of the U.S.

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Most abused addictive substances by teens in 2016  

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