Statistics on drugs w/ teens Teen-age drug use held steady in 2000, the fourth straight year it has either fallen or stayed the same. Smoking dropped significantly but use of the club drug ecstasy climbed for the second year in a row. the number of high school seniors using heroin hit its highest point since the survey began in 1975, and more 10th-graders are using steroids. The survey of 45,000 students in 435 randomly chosen schools nationwide found that use of cocaine and hallucinogens such as LSD dropped, with marijuana use unchanged from 1999. For eighth-graders, use of any drug fell from 22.1 percent to 19.5 percent. For 10th-graders, it fell from 38.5 percent to 36.4 percent. For 12th-graders, it fell from 42.4 percent to 40.9 percent. An estimated 13.6 million Americans were current users of illicit drugs in 1998. Although this number is slightly less than the 13.9 million estimate for 1997, the difference is not statistically significant. By comparison, the number of current illicit drug users was at its highest level in 1979 when the estimate was 25.0 million. An estimated 1.8 million Americans age 12 and older were current users of cocaine in 1998. 8.3 percent of youths age 12-17 were current users of marijuana in 1998. The percent of youths reporting current use of inhalants decreased significantly from 2.0 percent in 1997 to 1.1 percent in 1998. There were an estimated 730,000 new cocaine users in 1997. The rate of new use among youths did not change between 1996 (11.1) and 1997 (10.8). However, there was a statistically significant increase in the rate from 1991 (4.1) to 1997. The 1997 rate for youths is similar to the high initiation rates of the early 1980s.
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