New NSDUH Report on Nonmedical Stimulant Use

In 2006, 2 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 (an estimated 510,000 persons) used stimulants nonmedically in the past year, a rate twice as high as that observed among adults aged 26 or older. Across adolescent age groups, the rate of past-year nonmedical stimulant use in 2006 increased from 0.7 percent among youths aged 12 or 13 to 3.3 percent among those aged 16 or 17. Other research has found that stimulant misuse is associated with use of other illicit drugs, criminal justice involvement, and depression.

Date Added: 03/05/08

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