Inspirations for Youth and Families is a leading teen drug addiction treatment center. Every year Inspirations conducts a measurability study to identify teen drug trends and the drugs teens abused. This study is based on the clients of Inspirations. We analyze their age, gender, and types of substance abuse to provide an informative assessment on the impact of teen substance abuse and drug trends.
Here are the top 5 drugs teens abused in 2016:
2016 Youth Drug Trends
Within 2016 teen drug abuse has changed a lot. While marijuana continues to be the most abused drug we see have seen an increase in teens drinking alcohol again. This study surveyed over 200 teens who were admitted to Inspirations. While there are larger sample size reports, it still provides insight as to which drugs teens are abusing.
Compared to 2015’s study alcohol abuse jumped from 63 percent to 80%. While Marijuana remains the top abused drug it did drop from 96% to 88% within the year. Benzodiazepines (Benzos) drugs such as Valium, Xanax, and Klonopin are the third most abused drugs by teens in 2016.
Boys vs. Girls
In 2015 the number of teen boys abusing drugs and alcohol was 5 times more than girls. In 2016 however, girls have jumped to an astonishing 36 percent! Boys are now only 3 times more likely to use drugs and alcohol than girls.
State of drug abuse
What does this mean for parents?
While marijuana continues to lead other drugs, Benzos are quickly are growing in popularity. Surprisingly, opiates ranked sixth in drug usage, which may mean that teens are less likely to receive treatment from heroin addiction.
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