While rates of illicit drug use among teens in the United States continue to decline, abuse of prescription and over-the-counter medication in this age group remains alarmingly high, according to results from an annual survey (Johnston LD et al. Monitoring the Future: National Results on Adolescent Drug Use: Overview of Key Findings, 2006. In press). The survey collects data on the attitudes and drug use habits of a nationally representative sample of about 50 000 students in grades 8, 10, and 12 at public and private schools, and is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA).
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