This Adolescent Health Highlight presents statistical information about the extent, types, and patterns of adolescents’ use of illicit drugs;
discusses their effects on adolescents’ health and well‐being; shares findings from research about factors that can help adolescents avoid substance use and abuse; and presents strategies for preventing illicit drug use among adolescents and treating those with drug problems.

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David Murphey
Megan C. Barry
Brigitte Gavin Vaughn
Lina Guzman
Mary A. Terzian