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Teen drug use is on the rise

Substance abuse is up after a decade of declines


 

After a decade of declining drug use among US teens, the rates have increased over the last three years, according to a new report from the Partnership at Drugfree.org. Marijuana and ecstacy use among teens has markedly increased, just as attitudes towards alcohol use have relaxed. Between 2008 and 2010, it found, the number of teens who said they’d used marijuana in the past year climbed to 39 per cent from 32 per cent. And between 2008 and 2010, teens who said they used ecstasy in the past year increased to 10 per cent, from six per cent. A total of 68 per cent said they’d had at least one drink in their lifetimes, and the average age for that drink was 14.

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Teen drug use is on the rise

  1. I'm always skeptical about surveys taken by teens. I remember a bit that Rick Mercer did on 22 minutes years ago about how he and his friends lied like rugs when they were asked to fill these things out. My friends and I did the same.

  2. I'm always skeptical about surveys taken by teens. I remember a bit that Rick Mercer did on 22 minutes years ago about how he and his friends lied like rugs when they were asked to fill these things out. My friends and I did the same.

  3. Our generation is educated and has come to the realization that the media and government officials have made many drugs out to be way more harmful and deadly than what they actually are. Any drug is deadly if too high of a dose is taken. #1 cause for overdoses is over-the-counter medication, legal, and supposedly helpful to our bodies. Meanwhile this drug Marijuana who has not in history been the cause of death for anyone, is made out to be a demon in today's society. World Class Drug Report 2010: Marijuana increases lung capacity, Marijuana has more medicinal benefits than most over the counter medications do, which is why they still prescribe it to terminally ill patients along with people in severe discomfort of with deadly conditions. Legalize it already none of us are stupid anymore, and the anti-drug revolt with america's "War On Drugs" was only being fought by politicians & people who couldn't afford the substance, It's a person's own personal choice anyway. Alcohol and Tobacco are much more harmful and you will even likely have more dependency because of the availability and the legality of people seeing it as "okay" or "normal" just like they did cannibis in the 60's :).
    Born in 90's & I know what's what. so should everyone else.

  4. Our generation is educated and has come to the realization that the media and government officials have made many drugs out to be way more harmful and deadly than what they actually are. Any drug is deadly if too high of a dose is taken. #1 cause for overdoses is over-the-counter medication, legal, and supposedly helpful to our bodies. Meanwhile this drug Marijuana who has not in history been the cause of death for anyone, is made out to be a demon in today's society. World Class Drug Report 2010: Marijuana increases lung capacity, Marijuana has more medicinal benefits than most over the counter medications do, which is why they still prescribe it to terminally ill patients along with people in severe discomfort of with deadly conditions. Legalize it already none of us are stupid anymore, and the anti-drug revolt with america's "War On Drugs" was only being fought by politicians & people who couldn't afford the substance, It's a person's own personal choice anyway. Alcohol and Tobacco are much more harmful and you will even likely have more dependency because of the availability and the legality of people seeing it as "okay" or "normal" just like they did cannibis in the 60's :).
    Born in 90's & I know what's what. so should everyone else.

  5. …and then they grow up to be Liberals.

  6. …and then they grow up to be Liberals.

    • what a thoughtful and relevant comment.

      • Truth ain't always pleasant.

  7. what a thoughtful and relevant comment.

  8. Incidentally,
    Why has no party addressed the absurdity of prohibition laws on marijuana this campaign?
    Why has no one demanded that they do?

  9. Incidentally,
    Why has no party addressed the absurdity of prohibition laws on marijuana this campaign?
    Why has no one demanded that they do?

    • Because we have to go on with our lives and go to work Monday. We don't maintain the status quo, it maintains us.

  10. Teens now have even more bad showbiz and music personalities to look up to as their examples. They have drives against smoking and drinking but there is no effective drive against drug use yet.

  11. Teens now have even more bad showbiz and music personalities to look up to as their examples. They have drives against smoking and drinking but there is no effective drive against drug use yet.

  12. Because we have to go on with our lives and go to work Monday. We don't maintain the status quo, it maintains us.

  13. Truth ain't always pleasant.

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