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Substance Abuse On An Average Day In The Life Of American Adolescents

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Substance Abuse

On an average day, nearly 1.2 million teenagers smoked cigarettes, 631,000 drank, and 586,000 used marijuana, according to the latest data, in a first-of-a kind report from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA).

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The report, which highlights the substance abuse behavior and addiction treatment activities that occur among adolescents on an average day, draws on national surveys conducted and analyzed by SAMHSA's Office of Applied Studies.

The report, A Day in the Life of American Adolescents: Substance Use Facts, presents a stark picture of the daily toll substance abuse takes on America's young.

Among the report's major findings is that on any given day during 2006 nearly 1.2 million adolescents ages 12 to 17 smoked cigarettes, 631,000 drank alcohol, 586,000 used marijuana.