Study Shows Drug Abuse Among Teens Continues To Decline

By: Linsey Davis, ABC News
By: Linsey Davis, ABC News

Drug abuse among teenagers continues to decline, according to a new study released at the White House on Dec. 8.

President Bush reported the good news personally.

The morning of Dec. 11, the president made the 2007 "Monitoring The Future" study public as he met with drug treatment professionals and teens who have been in treatment.

"The national study indicated teen drug usage is down," stated President Bush.

The report surveyed nearly 50,000 teens in the eighth, tenth and twelfth grade from more than 400 schools across the country.

It revealed a remarkable decline in teen drug use from 2001 to 2007.

Marijuana use decreased approximately 25-percent.

Steroid use dropped by approximately one third.

Ecstasy use dropped approximately 54-percent, that's half of what it was in 2001.

Methamphetamine use decreased approximately 64-percent.

However, the report also shows teens continue to abuse highly addictive narcotic painkillers.

"Prescription drugs such as OxyContin and Vicodin are second only to marijuana use," said Bush.

The University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research began tracking methamphetamine use in 1999. Then, nearly five-percent of high school seniors admitted to using the stimulant.

In 2007, that number went down to less than 2-percent.


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