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Health Agencies Update
October 22/29, 2014

Teens’ Use of Drugs, Alcohol, and Tobacco Declines

JAMA. 2014;312(16):1625. doi:10.1001/jama.2014.14462

The percentage of US adolescents aged 12 to 17 years who reported using illicit drugs in the past month decreased from 11.6% in 2002 to 8.8% in 2013, and the proportion of youths with substance dependence or abuse problems decreased from 8.9% to 5.2%. The findings, reported by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, are from the latest National Survey on Drug Use and Health (http://1.usa.gov/1qKXehC), an annual survey of approximately 70 000 US individuals.

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