The 10 Most Commonly Used Drugs by Teenagers

Alcohol: More than half of high school seniors admit to abusing alcohol...

James Ekbatani
April 2, 2024
  • Alcohol: More than half high school seniors admit to abusing alcohol. Alcohol is the most frequently used and abused substance.
  • Marijuana: The second most used substance by teens. The use of marijuana use has been on a steady increase. Part of the appeal is the notion that it is not harmful
  • Nicotine: The use of cigarettes has declined, however there is a rising trend in the use of e-cigarettes/vaping, due to the lack of regulation
  • Adderall: This medication is prescribed primarily for ADD/ADHD. The medication will speed up the functioning of the body. Other prescription names
    • Dexedrine
    • Ritalin
    • Concerta
    • Vyvanse
  • OxyContin (Opioid): Opioids are powerful, dangerous, and highly addictive. This class of drugs is used for pain. Other prescription names
    • Morphine
    • Opana
    • Fentanyl
    • Codeine
    • Tramadol
  • Tranquilizers: These substances slow the central nervous system. This class of drugs is dangerous and highly addictive. Other prescription names
    • Benzodiazepines: Ativan – Xanax – Klonopin – Valium
    • Barbiturates: Phenobarbital – Butalbital
    • Sleep Medications: Ambien – Lunesta - Sonata
  • Spice/K-2: This a synthetic marijuana, the chemicals used to make this are dangerous and can cause dramatic unexpected results
  • Hallucinogens: This group of substance s contains psychoactive drugs that distort realty by triggering hallucinations, delusional thinking and skewed experiences. These substances include:
    • LSD
    • Peyote
    • Mescaline
    • Mushrooms
  • Inhalants: These substances are abused by sniffing, snorting, or huffing fumes. The results of this drug is short lasting and quite dangerous.                         The substance include:
    • Gasoline
    • Glue
    • Nail Polish Remover
    • Paint
    • Hair Spray
    • Computer Duster
    • Whipped Cream aerosols
  • Dextromethorphan (DXM): Many over the counter cough and cold medicines contain this active ingredient. When abused it can produce intoxicating and dissociative effect.