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Teen pot, alcohol use rising, study finds

March 2, 2010

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— Alcohol and marijuana use among teens is on the rise, ending a decadelong decline, a study by The Partnership for a Drug-Free America found.

The annual survey released today found the number of teens in grades 9 through 12 who reported drinking alcohol in the last month rose 11 percent last year, with 39 percent — about 6.5 million teens — reporting alcohol use. That’s up from 35 percent, or about 5.8 million teens, in 2008.

For pot, 25 percent of teens reported smoking marijuana in the last month, up from 19 percent.

Until last year, those measures for pot and alcohol use had been on a steady decline since 1998, when use hovered around 50 percent of teens for alcohol and 27 percent for pot.

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Kirk Larson 4 years, 1 month ago

I have never held much faith in these surveys. I suspect what we have here is an increase in the number of teens who are willing to admit to a poll taker that they use drugs. Durring conservative administrations, kids know that have to keep their partying on the down-low. As things swing the other way they become more willing to tell the truth. The best way to keep drugs away from kids is still legalization, taxation, and regulation. You don't see liquor store owners hanging around the playground trying to get kids hooked.

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Jeremy DeBoard 4 years, 1 month ago

LJW, please screen your AP traffic, because this story is a bit misleading.

From the Partnership for a Drug Free America: http://www.drugfree.org/Portal/DrugIssue/Research/Teen_Study_2009/National_Study

New York, NY, March 2, 2010 – After a decade of consistent declines in teen drug abuse, a new national study released today by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America® and MetLife Foundation points to marked upswings in use of drugs that teens are likely to encounter at parties and in other social situations.

According to the 2009 Partnership Attitude Tracking Study, sponsored by MetLife Foundation, the number of teens in grades 9-12 that used alcohol in the past month has grown by 11 percent, (from 35 percent in 2008 to 39 percent in 2009), past year Ecstasy use shows a 67 percent increase (from 6 percent in 2008 to 10 percent in 2009) and past year marijuana use shows a 19 percent increase (from 32 percent in 2008 to 38 percent in 2009). The PATS data mark a reverse in the remarkable, sustained declines in several drugs of abuse among teens: methamphetamine (meth) was down by over 60 percent and past month alcohol and marijuana use had decreased a full 30 percent over the past decade from 1998-2008.

Underlying these increases are negative shifts in teen attitudes, particularly a growing belief in the benefits and acceptability of drug use and drinking. The percentage of teens agreeing that “being high feels good” increased significantly from 45 percent in 2008 to 51 percent in 2009, while those saying that “friends usually get high at parties” increased from 69 percent to 75 percent over the same time period. The Partnership/ MetLife Foundation Attitude Tracking Study (PATS) also found a significant drop in the number of teens agreeing strongly that they “don’t want to hang around drug users” – from 35 percent in 2008 to 30 percent in 2009.

“These new PATS data should put all parents on notice that they have to pay closer attention to their kids’ behavior – especially their social interactions – and they must take action just as soon as they think their child may be using drugs or drinking,” said Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of the Partnership.

35 to 39% for alcohol = 4% increase, not 11% 32 to 38% for marajuana = 6% increase, not 19% 6 to 10% for Ecstacy = 4% increase, not 67%

The other "findings" also show a shift of 5%. Doesn't look like kids are out of control to me, just bad math skills.

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Jeremy DeBoard 4 years, 1 month ago

The annual survey released today found the number of teens in grades 9 through 12 who reported drinking alcohol in the last month rose 11 percent last year, with 39 percent — about 6.5 million teens — reporting alcohol use. That’s up from 35 percent, or about 5.8 million teens, in 2008.

How exactly do you squeeze 11% into a 4% spread?

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barrypenders 4 years, 1 month ago

The Poser smokes and drinks booze heavily. Clinton promoted 'Infidelity. Lettermam promotes 'Infidelity'. Polanski promoted 'Carnal Knowledge' with booze induced girls.

This is what 'Father Figures' promote in the Progressive Articulate Doctrine.

What's the problem?

Stimulus, Transformation and Posercare live unprecedented

Darwin bless us all

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LadyLuck 4 years, 1 month ago

Parents need to keep closer eyes on their children.

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