Emergency Department Visits
The chart below shows that marijuana is the most frequently identified drug among adolescents visiting a hospital emergency department for a drug-related problem on a typical day.
Number of Emergency Department (ED) Visits for Drug Misuse or Abuse on a Typical Day for Patients Aged 12 to 17
Substance Abuse Treatment
Though alcohol is the drug of choice among adolescents, marijuana is, by far, the number one drug identified by adolescents entering substance abuse treatment. This is different from adults -- alcohol is the primary drug identified by adults entering treatment.
Number of Adolescents Aged 12 to 17 Admitted to Publicly Funded Substance Abuse Treatment Facilities on a Typical Day