Alcohol and drug misuse is taking a “daily toll” on US adolescents

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 08 June 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c3035
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. 1Quebec

    In the United States in 2008 almost one third of adolescents aged 12 to 17 (8 million) drank alcohol, around one fifth (5 million) used an illicit drug, and almost one sixth (4 million) smoked a cigarette, show new data. In the same year, 7.5% of all people admitted to publicly funded treatment facilities were aged 12 to 17 years.

    The data, which are contained in a new report from the US Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service’s Administration, “present a stark picture of the daily toll abuse takes on America’s Youth and is part of the administration’s Data, Outcomes, …

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