For racial minority adolescents, cigarette and alcohol use linked to suicidality

Examining more than 20 years of national data for US adolescents, a research team reports that adolescents have high prevalence of alcohol, cigarette, and marijuana use, and concerning rates of suicide-related thoughts and behaviors. The data show that among U.S. adolescents in ninth to 12th grades, 75 percent had used alcohol, 58 percent had used cigarettes, and 41 percent tried marijuana.