Reduce the proportion of adolescents who used drugs in the past month — SU‑05

Status: Getting worse

Getting worse

Most Recent Data:
8.7 percent (2019)

5.5 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

8.0 percent of adolescents aged 12 to 17 years reported use of illicit drugs in the past 30 days in 2018

Reduce the proportion of adolescents reporting use of any illicit drugs during the past 30 days

Target-Setting Method


People who start using drugs at an early age are more likely to develop a substance use disorder. Programs at the school, family, and community level can delay and reduce drug use in adolescents. Evidence-based interventions for drug use include behavioral and family-based approaches, medications for addiction treatment, and recovery support services.