Rate of substance abuse among U.S. teens remains a concern

08/29/2013 | U.S. News & World Report · Hill, The

The U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration estimates that on an average day 881,684 12- to 17-year-olds smoke cigarettes, 646,707 smoke marijuana and 457,672 consume alcohol. On a typical day, more than 71,000 receive outpatient care for substance abuse, more than 9,300 receive care in nonhospital residential settings and almost 1,258 receive inpatient hospital care. While studies have shown declines in some rates of substance use among children, "this report shows that far too many young people are still at risk," SAMHSA administrator Pamela Hyde said.

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