Illegal drug use among U.S. teens keeps declining, but prescription drug abuse remains high. That is according to an annual study released Thursday.
The study finds the use of most illegal drugs and alcohol went down slightly last year among 8th, 10th and 12th graders.
The head of National Drug Control Policy talked about the results during a news conference in Washington.
“We are also pleased to announce powerful downturns seen in current use of other drugs. MDMA or ecstasy fell 56 percent during the five year period, meth used by teens 50 percent, steroid use by 21 percent, LSD use by 60 percent; all of these obvious important protections to our children and teens,” explains John Walters, National Drug Control Policy.
The most popular illegal drug continues to be marijuana.
The abuse of prescription drugs like the strong narcotic OxyContin and the painkiller Vicodin, remains at relatively high levels.
This is the first time the abuse of over-the-counter cold medicines was included in the study.