Teen Substance Use Shows Decline In US

Posted: Dec 13 2016, 6:33am CST | by , in Latest Science News


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Teen Substance Use Shows Decline in US
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  • Percentage of Teenagers who Abuse Drugs has gone Down

Apparently, the percentage of teenagers who abuse drugs has gone down. This is indeed a good sign.

Teens are showing changes in their behavior in a media-saturated world. The choices they make have undergone transformation. A decline has set in on the use of many illegal substances. These include: marijuana, alcohol, tobacco and prescription medication.

Drug use among eighth, 10th and 12th graders was studied. The eighth graders showed the greatest decline in drug abuse. Also all three grades showed lesser use of drugs with the exception of marijuana.

Marijuana use dropped from 6.5% in 2015 to 5.4% in 2016. Its daily usage among eighth graders dropped from 1.1% in 2015 to 0.7% in 2016. Among high school seniors, 22.5% report past usage while 6% report daily usage.

Also marijuana use among 10th graders was at its lowest levels since the past 20 years. Among 12th graders, the marijuana use was still high though.

Yet this was in states with medical marijuana laws. Marijuana and e-cigarettes are more popular than other tobacco products. All three grades showed a drop in the use of cigarettes though.

A similar decline in the use of alcohol was seen across the board. Rates of being drunk have sunk over the past two decades. Furthermore, opioid use also declined.

This is a class of drugs that can cause a serious case of addiction. The decline in their usage comes as a big relief. It is a highly encouraging thing to see drug use decline among teenagers.

The scourge of illicit drugs has to go. Teens ought to just say no to drugs since this is the best way to avoid their deleterious effects. Once you start, it is difficult to quit. Therefore the ideal stance would be to never begin consuming these drugs in the first place.

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