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What Kind of Drugs are Youth Using in 2024?

Here are some drug trends among teens that have been observed in recent years:

  • Vaping and e-cigarettes: Vaping and e-cigarettes have become increasingly popular among teens in recent years. According to a National Institute on Drug Abuse survey, over 25% of 12th graders in the United States reported using e-cigarettes in the past month.

  • Marijuana: Marijuana use has been on the rise among teens in recent years, with some states legalizing marijuana for both medical and recreational purposes. According to the same survey mentioned above, over 35% of 12th graders reported using marijuana in the past year.

  • Prescription drug misuse: Prescription drug misuse continues to be a concern among teens, with some using prescription drugs for non-medical purposes. This can include opioids, stimulants, and sedatives.

  • Synthetic drugs: Synthetic drugs, such as synthetic marijuana (also known as K2 or Spice) and bath salts, continue to be a concern among teens. These drugs can have unpredictable and dangerous effects on the body and mind.

It's important to note that drug trends can vary depending on region, culture, and other factors. Parents and caregivers can stay informed about drug trends and signs of substance use in their own communities by talking to their teens and staying engaged with local news and resources.

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