In 2014, abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs continued its five-year decline among youth in the United States, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Alcohol use also continued its decline among this demographic.
Cigarette smoking among young people decreased by about 50 percent between 2009 and 2014, says the National Institute on Drug Abuse. However, the use of electronic cigarettes was high, with 17.1 percent of 12th-graders reporting having used an e-cigarette in the month leading up to the Monitoring the Future Survey of 2014. Hookah use was also on the rise. Marijuana continued to exceed cigarette use amongst the youth in 2014. The use of inhalants was at the lowest point in the study's history.