Adolescent substance use. Epidemiology and implications for public policy

Pediatr Clin North Am. 1995 Apr;42(2):241-60. doi: 10.1016/s0031-3955(16)38945-3.


This article discusses the epidemiology of adolescent substance use, including licit drugs and illicit drugs. The focus is on nationally representative samples of eighth-, tenth-, and twelfth-grade students from both public and private schools. Prevalence rates and recent trends are discussed for subgroups based on gender, geographic region, population density, parental education, and racial or ethnic groups. Some implications for public policy are presented.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
  • Child
  • Female
  • Health Policy
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Prevalence
  • Risk Factors
  • Sex Distribution
  • Smoking / epidemiology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / epidemiology*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / ethnology
  • Substance-Related Disorders / prevention & control
  • United States / epidemiology