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LATEST NATIONAL SURVEY FINDS SIGNIFICANT
REDUCTIONS IN YOUTH DRUG USE
Major drop continues with methamphetamine, steroid,
and marijuana youth drug use since 2001.
 
June 8, 2006

(WASHINGTON, DC)A new survey has found that youth drug use continues to decrease from 2001. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS), found that youth use of drugs including marijuana, methamphetamine, and steroids has declined significantly.

Results from the 2005 YRBS show:

  • 38.4 percent of high school students had used marijuana at least once in their lifetimes, compared to 42.4 percent in 2001 (a 10.4 percent reduction);
  • 20.2 percent of high school students reported using marijuana at least once in the 30 days prior to taking the survey, down from 23.9 percent in 2001 (a 15.4 percent reduction);
  • 6.2 percent reported lifetime methamphetamine use in 2005, versus 9.8 percent in 2001 (a 36.7 percent reduction); and
  • 4 percent of students reported using steroids at least once in their lifetimes, down from 5.0 percent in 2003 (a 20 percent reduction).
  • 25.5 percent of students reported binge drinking in the past 30 days, down from 29.9 percent in 2001 (a 14.7 percent reduction)

These figures corroborate data from the Monitoring the Future survey, which shows a 19 percent decline in overall drug use among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders since 2001.

Director Walters said, "Decisive action yields decisive results. The programs we have implemented over the last several years, coupled with the strong commitment of our State and local partners, are making a difference. Across the Nation, programs like the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign, random student drug testing, and Drug-Free Communities are helping to send clear and consistent substance abuse prevention messages. America's young people are getting those messages and are increasingly making the right decisions about substance use."

The YRBS is a school-based national survey of high school students that is conduced every two years. Nearly 14,000 youth participated in the 2005 survey. YRBS monitors six categories of health-related risk behaviors, including drug and tobacco use and underage drinking. More information is available at http://www.cdc.gov/yrbs/ and www.whitehousedrugpolicy.gov