The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health 2018/2019 outlined various drug use in North Carolina. For the age group of 12-17, 65,000 (8.18%) youths had used illicit substances in the past year. Another 101,000 (12.78%) students used marijuana in the past year with 54,000 (6.87%) of those using marijuana in the last month.
Around 42,000 (6.14%) students tried marijuana for the first time and 20,000 (2.54%) students used an illicit substance other than marijuana in the past month. 3,000 (0.33) students used cocaine in the past year and 1,000 (0.15%) used methamphetamine. Approximately 21,000 (2.66%) students misused pain reliever in the past year.1
Despite the high rates of drug use in North Carolina, only 25,000 students were diagnosed with an illicit drug use disorder and received treatment. An additional 24,000 students did not receive the necessary treatment for substance use disorder.1
In terms of alcohol use, 73,000 students between the ages of 12-17 used alcohol in the last month, and 42,000 binge drank alcohol in the past month.1 According to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, approximately 43% of students used marijuana one or more times which is higher than the national percentage of 40%. Around 11% of students have used an inhalant and 7% have used pain killers for nonmedical reasons.2