Reduce the proportion of lesbian, gay, or bisexual high school students who have used illicit drugs — LGBT‑07

Status: Getting worse

Getting worse

Most Recent Data:
27.8 percent (2019)

16.1 percent

Desired Direction:
Decrease desired

23.1 percent of sexual minority students in grades 9 through 12 reported that they had ever used illicit drugs in their lifetime in 2017

Reduce proportion of sexual minority (lesbian, gay, or bisexual) high school students who have ever used illicit drugs in their lifetime

Target-Setting Method
Minimal statistical significance


High school students who identify as lesbian, gay, or bisexual are almost twice as likely to use illicit drugs as those who identify as heterosexual. Using illicit drugs is linked to risky sexual behaviors, violence, health issues, and problems in school. Interventions to increase family acceptance of lesbian, gay, and bisexual adolescents can help reduce the rate of illicit drug use in this group.