Marijuana is the most common illicit drug used in the United States by teens as well as adults. The growing belief by young people that marijuana is a safe drug may be the result of recent public discussions about medical marijuana and the public debate over the drug’s legal status. In addition, some teens believe marijuana cannot be harmful because it is “natural.” But not all natural plants are good for you—take tobacco, for example.
See the most recent statistics on teen drug use from NIDA’s Monitoring the Future study below:
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For more statistics on teen drug use, see NIDA’s Monitoring the Future study.