The survey was sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The study was called, "A Day in the Life of American Adolescents: Substance Use Facts Update," and is drawn from previous national surveys conducted and analyzed by SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies.
Here are some of the major findings of the study:
An Average Day for American Adolenscents
- 508,000 drink alcohol.
- 641,000 use illicit drugs
- 1,000,000 smoke cigarettes.
- 563,000 adolescents used marijuana.
- 37,000 used inhalants.
- 24,000 used hallucinogens.
- 16,000 used cocaine.
- 2,800 used heroin.
- Approximately 7,500 adolescents drank alcohol for the first time.
- Approximately 4,360 adolescents used an illicit drug for the first time.
- Around 3,900 adolescents smoked cigarettes for the first time.
- Nearly 3,700 adolescents used marijuana for the first time.
- Approximately 2,500 adolescents abused pain relievers for the first time.
- Over 76,000 in outpatient treatment.
- More than 9,000 in non-hospital residential treatment.
- Over 700 in hospital inpatient treatment.
- 151 visits involved alcohol.
- 129 involved marijuana.
- 86 involved prescription or nonprescription pain relievers.
The full report is available online.