What Are Commonly Abused Substances Among Teen Boys?
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, alcohol and tobacco are the drugs most commonly used. This is followed by marijuana, prescription medications, over the counter drugs and chemicals found around the house. Over the counter drugs include things such as cold or cough medicine. There are also inhalants such as glue or household products.
Information provided by Statista showed in 2017 around 35% of teen boy high school students between grades 9 and 12 had used marijuana that past year. Marijuana is one of the most widely used drugs, and when you compare its use to drugs such as cocaine. There is a significant difference in use among teen boys. During 2017, roughly 6% of teen boy high school students abused cocaine that year. These are students between grade 9 and 12.
Traditionally, by the time teen boys get to high school they start to drink more frequently and heavily. During middle school, adolescents from both genders start to drink around the same age. Alcohol abuse among teenage boys has the potential to create further addiction problems. Typically, if binge drinking is not stopped by the later adult years. The user has a better chance of becoming addicted to different drugs. In 2019 the drug abuse trends for teens reported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse has shown a decline in drug and alcohol abuse among high school students.