Substance Use By Young People

"In 2021"
"Female students, LGBQ+ students, and students with any same-sex partners were more likely than their peers to engage in every substance use behavior.

"• Nearly 30% of female students currently drank alcohol and nearly 20% currently used marijuana.

"• Approximately 20% of LGBQ+ students had ever used select illicit drugs and 20% had ever misused prescription opioids.

"Asian and Black students were less likely than students from nearly every other racial and ethnic group to have ever used select illicit drugs.

"White students were more likely than Asian, Black, and Hispanic students to currently drink alcohol.

"Black students were more likely than Asian, Hispanic, and White students to currently use marijuana."


CDC. Youth Risk Behavior Survey: data summary and trends report, 2011–2021. Atlanta, GA: US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC; 2023.