Substance abuse among youths

A study estimates the number of youths using alcohol, marijuana, and other illicit drugs within the past month based on 2005 and 2006 survey results.

Any alcohol use, ages 12-20
United States 28.3%
Massachusetts 32.0%
Vermont 38.3%
New Hampshire 32.5%
Rhode Island 36.2%
Maine 32.3%
Connecticut 31.7%
Binge alcohol use, ages 12-20
United States 18.9%
Massachusetts 23.4%
Vermont 28.0%
New Hampshire 22.8%
Rhode Island 23.6%
Maine 22.1%
Connecticut 21.2%
Marijuana use, ages 12-17
United States 6.7%
Massachusetts 9.0%
Vermont 10.1%
New Hampshire 8.2%
Rhode Island 9.7%
Maine 11.0%
Connecticut 8.4%
Marijuana use, ages 18-25
United States 16.4%
Massachusetts 24.2%
Vermont 28.3%
New Hampshire 25.0%
Rhode Island 27.5%
Maine 27.7%
Connecticut 23.3%
Illicit drug use, ages 12-17
United States 9.8%
Massachusetts 11.5%
Vermont 12.7%
New Hampshire 10.6%
Rhode Island 12.7%
Maine 13.5%
Connecticut 10.3%
Illicit drug use, ages 18-25
United States 20.0%
Massachusetts 27.4%
Vermont 31.0%
New Hampshire 27.1%
Rhode Island 30.7%
Maine 28.9%
Connecticut 26.4%
SOURCES: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Office of Applied Studies; National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 2005 and 2006
Daigo Fujiwara / Globe Staff