It is essential to educate the population about adolescent substance use, which is the largest public health problem in America today. Public health measures must be put in place to identify and treat at-risk teens.

Key Takeaways

American culture, specifically the media’s glamorization of smoking, drinking and other drug use, normalizes teen substance use and negatively impacts teens’ health worldwide. Further, teen substance use and addiction is the largest, most expensive preventable public health problem in America today, costing at least $468 billion per year. Additional key findings include the following:


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For policymakers

Research Methods

This report is based on data collected from national surveys of 1,000 high school students, 1,000 parents of high school students and 500 school personnel; interviews with approximately 50 leading experts in a broad range of fields; 5 focus groups with students, parents and school personnel; and a review of more than 2,000 publications.