Drug use among teenagers is dropping, according to new federal statistics published in JAMA on Wednesday. Fewer teens are abusing prescription drugs, alcohol and cigarettes.

Between the lines: Marijuana use is steady overall, but has shifted from smoking to vaping — and vaping THC products can be dangerous.

By the numbers: Among 12th graders ...

  • Marijuana use has remained stagnant, while marijuana vaping nearly doubled — from 7.5% in 2018 to 14% this year.
  • Adderall misuse has also declined.
  • Opioid abuse is at its lowest level since 2002, with just 1.7% of 12th graders abusing OxyContin and just 1.7% misusing Vicodin.
  • Binge drinking dropped from 19.4% in 2004 to 14.4% in 2019.
  • Tobacco use is down overall, but e-cigarettes are rising.

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