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US Teen Substance Use in 2021: A True/False Quiz


How many high school students report current alcohol use? Are boys more likely than girls to use marijuana? Answers and more in our 5-question quiz.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published the Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data Summary & Trends Report: 2011–2021, which monitors priority health risks and experiences among youth across the US including sexual risk behaviors, mental health, tobacco use, and more. In the 5 questions below, we focus on the update addressing substance use behaviors among high school students (grades 9-12) between 2011 and 2021. Substance use variables included the percentage of youth who drank alcohol, used marijuana, or used electronic vapor products during the past 30 days (ie, current use); the percentage of students who ever used select illicit drugs, defined as cocaine, inhalants, heroin, methamphetamines, hallucinogens, or ecstasy; and the percentage of students who misused prescription opioids (eg, Vicodin, OxyContin, Hydrocodone) either ever in their lifetime or during the past 30 days.

Have prevalence rates decreased? Take the quiz for key results.

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