Teen marijuana use up, alcohol use down

December 14, 2010

(AP) -- America's teens are using more marijuana and less alcohol, according to an annual government study of eighth-, 10th- and 12th-graders across the country.

Some 6.1 percent of high-school seniors reported using marijuana this year, up from 5.2 percent in 2009, according to the Monitoring the Future survey released by the National Institutes of Health.

Marijuana use by 10th-graders climbed from 2.8 percent to 3.3 percent, and for eighth-grade students it edged up from 1.0 percent to 1.2 percent.

"These high rates of use during the teen and preteen years, when the brain continues to develop, place our young people at particular risk," said Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

On the other hand, is on the decline. While 23.2 percent of high school seniors reported having five or more drinks in a row, that's down from 25.2 percent a year earlier. The binge rate for this age group peaked at 31.5 percent in 1998.

On other topics the survey found:

- Use of , which had declined in the early 2000s, is on the increase again.

- There was a small increase in teens injecting heroin, but only among 12th-graders.

- Use of remained low after declining from levels in the 1980s and 1990s.

The survey conducted by the University of Michigan covered 46,482 students in 396 schools.

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jsovine
not rated yet Dec 14, 2010
Thank God, I can't think of a safer alternative to liquid death, excepting complete abstinence from psychotropic substances altogether.
Raveon
5 / 5 (1) Dec 14, 2010
You mean you'd rather a bunch of future alcoholics aren't being created? We are talking about the killer weed here and it's illegal, alcohol isn't. Look at all the legal alternatives they have instead of pot too. There's glue, paint, freon, Sterno, all obviously safer since they are legal.

When are the old and ignorant who keep pot illegal going to die off?
Shootist
5 / 5 (1) Dec 14, 2010
At 54 years of age, all I can say is, "I wish my marijuana consumption was up".
brazen
not rated yet Dec 14, 2010
It's hard for me to take these surveys seriously when the reported use of marijuana by high school seniors is only 6.1 percent! I assure you this number is WAYYY higher. I understand that while the numbers may not be accurate, they should be consistent but....consistently innaccurate and hinging on the truthfulness of high school kids doesn't seem very convinving.

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