Poll: 14 percent of high school students admit to misusing opioids

Poll: 14 percent of high school students admit to misusing opioids
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Only 14 percent of high school students admitted to misusing opioids, according to a recently released National Youth Risk Behavior Survey report.

The survey found that 14 percent of students said they had used opioids, including OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin, without a prescription or medical advice. 


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention first began polling for teen opioid use in 2017. 

The survey also found that the number of high school students taking meth, heroin, cocaine, hallucinogens, and ecstasy dropped to 14 percent in 2017 from 22.6 percent in 2007.

The report comes as the Trump administration and lawmakers work to combat the opioid epidemic in the U.S. 

The White House announced last week that it was launching an ad campaign that would work to draw more attention to opioid abuse among young people and warn against the dangers of opioid use. 

President TrumpDonald TrumpHouse votes to condemn Chinese government over Hong Kong Former Vice President Walter Mondale dies at age 93 White House readies for Chauvin verdict MORE revealed his administration's anti-opioid plan in March. 

The House has also gotten in on the fight against opioids, passing 12 bills on Tuesday aimed at developing preventative means to combat addiction.