A report from the U.S. government has some good news – drug abuse among teens is declining. Data also shows that the smoking rate has declined dramatically over time among teens.

Drug Abuse Among Teens is DecliningA 2014 survey released by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration contained data from about 67,500 Americans who were 12 and over.

The rate reported for children between the ages of 12 and 17 who said they drank alcohol during the previous month fell from 17.6 percent in 2002 to 11.5 percent in 2014.

Rates of illicit use of prescription drugs such as OxyContin and Vicodin, also fell among teens. In addition, rates of tobacco use among teens fell from 15.2 percent in 2002 to only 7 percent in 2014.

However, other statistics are unchanged or getting worse.  The survey showed that more teens use marijuana, an increase tied to increased adult use.  More disturbing were the statistics concerning heroin, as the use doubled among teens during that time.

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