Adolescents who use drugs at an earlier age are more likely to develop substance dependence or abuse. Preventing or delaying substance use among this population is of utmost importance and has been an ongoing goal of the Federal Government’s Healthy People initiative (http://www.healthypeople.gov/). This issue of The NSDUH Report examines trends in substance use, dependence or abuse, and treatment among adolescents (i.e., youths aged 12 to 17). Data from the 2002 through 2007 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health (NSDUHs) are utilized.
Date Added: 12/10/08