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What are the statistics for teen drug abuse?

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Some statistics for teen drug abuse, as of 2014, show that 6.5 percent of eighth graders used marijuana in the past month, 16.6 percent of high school sophomores use marijuana and 21.2 percent of high school seniors use marijuana, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. As of 2014, 6.8 percent of high school seniors used Adderall in the past year and 1.8 percent of high school seniors used Ritalin in the past year.

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In 2014, only 2 percent of eighth graders abused cold medication containing dextromethorphan in the past year, which is a decrease from 3.8 percent of eighth graders abusing it in 2009, explains the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In 2014, 2.3 percent of tenth graders used MDMA over the past year, which is a decrease from 6.2 percent in 2001.

Synthetic cannabinoids were used by 5.8 percent of high school seniors and 1.8 percent of high school seniors used hallucinogenic salvia in 2014. The synthetic drug bath salts were used by .5 percent of eighth graders. In 2014, inhalants, which are typically used more often by younger teens, were used by 5.3 percent of eighth graders over the past year, which is a decrease from 8.1 percent in 2009 and 12.8 percent in the year 1995.

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