-- HealthDay staff
THURSDAY, Aug. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Despite recent gains
against substance abuse by American teens, hundreds of thousands of
them use marijuana and alcohol on a given day, U.S. health
officials reported Thursday.
On a typical day, an estimated 881,684 kids aged 12 to 17 smoke
cigarettes, 646,707 use marijuana and 457,672 drink alcohol,
according to a report by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Services Administration (SAMHSA).
The number of teens smoking pot on a given day could almost fill
the 250,000-seat Indianapolis Speedway two and a half times, the
report pointed out.
"This data about adolescents sheds new light on how deeply substance use pervades the lives of many young people and their families," SAMHSA administrator Pamela Hyde said in an agency news release. "While other studies indicate that significant progress has been made in lowering the levels of some forms of substance use among adolescents in the past decade, this report shows that far too many young people are still at risk."
The report also said that on an average day:
The report also provided numbers on how many 12- to 17-year-olds
receive treatment for a substance abuse problem in a typical
For more on teens and substance abuse, visit the
Institute on Drug Abuse.
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