Study: Age of First Drug Use Among Teens, Young Adults Rising

Posted on March 2, 2020 9:34 am
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The average age at which teens and young adults start using drugs has been rising, according to a study published today in JAMA Pediatrics.

The study examined changes in the average age of first drug use for 18 different drugs–including alcohol and tobacco products–between 2004 and 2017 and found that average ages had increased for the majority of those drugs.

For example, the study showed that the average age at which young people first consumed alcohol or smoked cigarettes rose from 16 in 2004 to 17 in 2017. Those who reported using heroin or cocaine