* Use caution when using percent change to describe differences between years as they can be very misleading when prevalence estimates are not taken into account. The survey question for this data was updated in the 2017 survey, see the Source tab for more information.
Cities for this data series are based on the large urban school districts the CDC surveys.The CDC Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance survey is conducted on a biennially basis.
Years Available: 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019
Permanent Link: http://data.sagepub.com/sagestats/15840
General Notes: A - symbol represents data that is not available. Data represents percent of high school students who have abused prescription drugs without a doctor's prescription. In 2017, the survey question was updated from "Ever Took Prescription Drugs Without A Doctor's Prescription" to "Ever Took Prescription Pain Medicine Without A Doctor's Prescription Or Differently Than How A Doctor Told Them To Use It" - use caution when comparing 2017 data to earlier years.