Teen Drug Abuse

  • Medical Author:
    Roxanne Dryden-Edwards, MD

    Dr. Roxanne Dryden-Edwards is an adult, child, and adolescent psychiatrist. She is a former Chair of the Committee on Developmental Disabilities for the American Psychiatric Association, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and Medical Director of the National Center for Children and Families in Bethesda, Maryland.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

Prescription Drug Abuse Statistics

Quick GuideTeen Drug Abuse: Statistics, Facts, Warning Signs, and Symptoms

Teen Drug Abuse: Statistics, Facts, Warning Signs, and Symptoms

Where can a person get help for teen drug abuse?

  • Al-Anon-Alateen: 888-4AL-ANON
  • Alcoholics Anonymous World Services: 212-870-3400
  • American Council on Alcoholism treatment referral line: 800-527-5344
  • Codependents Anonymous: http://www.coda.org
  • Kids Against Drugs: http://www.kidsagainstdrugs.com
  • Marijuana Anonymous World Services: 800-766-6779; office@marijuana-anonymous.org
  • Mothers Against Drunk Driving: 800-GET-MADD
  • Narcotics Anonymous World Services: 818-773-9999
  • National Alcohol and Substance Abuse Information Center: 800-784-6776. http://www.addictioncareoptions.com
  • National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence: 800-NCA-CALL or 800-475-HOPE
  • National Clearinghouse for Alcoholism and Drug Information: 800-729-6686
  • National Resource Center: 866-870-4979
  • Recovery Resource Online: http://www.soberrecovery.com
  • Orchard Recovery Center: http://www.treatmentcenter.com
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMSHA): 800-662-HELP (4357)
  • Johnston, L. D.,O'Malley, P. M., Miech, R.A., Bachman, J. G., & Schulenberg, J. E. (2014). Monitoring theFuture national results on adolescent drug use: Overview of key findings, 2013. Ann Arbor,Mich.: Institute for Social Research, the University of Michigan.

Medically reviewed by Margaret Walsh, MD; American Board of Pediatrics

REFERENCES:

American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP). Practice parameter for the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with substance use disorders. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 44.6 (2005): 609-621.

Committee on Substance Abuse. "Indications for Management and Referral of Patients Involved in Substance Abuse." Pediatrics 106.1 July 2000: 143-148.

Johnston, L.D., P.M. O'Malley, J.G. Bachman, and J.E. Schulenberg. Monitoring the Future: National Results on Adolescent Drug Abuse: Overview of Key Findings 2008. National Institute of Drug Abuse, National Institute of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services 2008. Bethesda, Maryland.

Liddle, Howard. "Adolescent Substance Abuse." Drug Rehabs. 2000-2004.

Mann, Arnold. "Relationships Matter: Impact of Parental, Peer Factors on Teen, Young Adult Substance Abuse." National Institute on Drug Abuse. 18.2 Aug. 2003.

Martin, Kimberly. "Adolescent Treatment Programs Reduce Drug Abuse, Produce Other Improvements." National Institute on Drug Abuse Research Findings. 17.1 Apr. 2002.

Mathias, Robert. "Shortened Family Prevention Programs Yield Long-Lasting Reductions in Adolescent Drug Abuse." National Institute on Drug Abuse. 17.2 May 2002.

Medical News Today. "Medication Appears Effective in Treating Teen Heroin Addiction." 2007.

National Institute on Drug Abuse. "About Anabolic Steroid Abuse." 15.3 Aug. 2000.

National Institute on Drug Abuse. "Commonly Abused Drugs." Feb. 2007.

National Institute on Drug Abuse. "Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research Based Guide." Feb. 8, 2005.

National Institute on Chemical Dependency. "General and Specific Guides to Detection of Alcohol and Drug Use and Definition of Addiction." 2007.

National Institute on Drug Abuse. "Principles of drug addiction treatment: A research based guide." Mar. 31, 2005.

National Institute on Drug Abuse. "Recovery Harder for Addicts Who Start Young." 14.6 Mar. 2000.

National Institute on Drug Abuse. "Selected Prescription Drugs With Potential for Abuse." Printed September 2002, revised Apr. 2005.

Rosenbaum, Marsha. "Experience, Research Show Testing Doesn't Work." The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. June 8, 2003.

Shillington, Audrey M., Clapp, John. "Parental monitoring." Journal of Child and Adolescent Substance Abuse. 15.1 Dec. 5, 2005.

Volkow, Nora. "Exploring the Why's of Adolescent Drug Abuse." National Institute on Drug Abuse. 19.3 Sept. 2004.

Witmer, Denise. "Warning Signs of Teenage Drug Abuse." Parenting Adolescents About, Inc. 2007.

Zickler, Patrick. "Annual Survey Finds Increasing Teen Use of Ecstasy Steroids." National Institute on Drug Abuse. 16.2 May 2001.

Zickler, Patrick. "Ethnic Identification and Cultural Ties May Help Prevent Drug Use." National Institute on Drug Abuse. 14.3 Sept. 1999.

Zickler, Patrick. "Family-Based Treatment Programs Can Reduce Adolescent Drug Abuse." National Institute on Drug Abuse Research Findings. 17.4 Nov. 2002.

Zickler, Patrick. "Teen Drug Use Declined in 2002, Report Shows." National Institute on Drug Abuse. 17.5 Jan. 2003.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 11/18/2015

Subscribe to MedicineNet's Depression Newsletter

By clicking Submit, I agree to the MedicineNet's Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of MedicineNet's subscriptions at any time.

VIEW PATIENT COMMENTS
  • Teen Drug Abuse - Treatments

    What was the treatment for your teen drug abuse?

    Post
  • Teen Drug Abuse - Prevention

    How do you recommend preventing teen drug abuse?

    Post
  • Teen Drug Abuse - Drug Types

    As a teenager, which drugs have you tried? What were the first drugs you used? Please share your experience.

    Post View 2 Comments
  • Teen Drug Abuse - Parental Prevention

    As a parent, in what ways have you tried to prevent drug use in your children and teens?

    Post
  • Teen Drug Abuse - Signs and Symptoms

    Discuss the signs and symptoms of drug abuse in you, a friend, or relative.

    Post
  • Teen Drug Abuse - Treatment

    What kinds of treatment, therapy, and medication did you receive for your drug addiction?

    Post
  • Teen Drug Abuse - Help for Teens

    Was there a counselor or group that helped you as a teen with issues of drug addiction or abuse?

    Post

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors