Prescription Drug Abuse by Teens in US

The following are facts provided by the Partnership for a Drug Free American regarding prescription drug abuse by teenagers in the United States.

  • 2,500 teenagers use some sort of prescription drug to get high for the first time every day.
  • More 12 and 17 year olds abuse prescription drugs than meth, ecstasy, crack/cocaine and heroin combined.
  • 60 percent of teens who abuse painkillers started their habit before the turned 15.

(Latest crime in the United States data.)

Source: Partnership for a drug free America, “Not in My House”, website, accessed: August 18, 2009.