Illicit drug use may be leveling off among teens after a period of steady decline, reports this recent study from the University of Michigan. Unfortunately, prescription drug abuse is an exception to this trend.
The study, released last month, showed that the overall use of any illicit drugs among youths has been rising over the past three years due mainly to the increased use of marijuana. Though the proportion of young people reporting using any other illicit drug has been gradually declining for some years, that decline halted in 2010 in grades 8, 10 and 12. However, the use of OxyContin specifically has risen by an average of four percent between 2002 and 2010. Of particular interest is the method most students used to acquire the painkiller – through friends and family members.
Another trend noted in the study is the peak of drug-use in the 1990s followed by a decline of all drugs, except for prescription drugs which continued to rise throughout the 2000s.
Read more about prescription drug abuse among teens here.