Report: Teen Alcohol, Pot, and Ecstasy Use on the Rise
Soft drug use by high school students is increasing, according to a new study from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, which we guess isn’t quite doing its job, now is it?
The Associated Press reports that “the annual survey 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.
“The study also found use of the party drug Ecstasy on the rise. Six percent of teens surveyed said they used Ecstasy in the past month, compared with 4 percent in 2008.”
Meanwhile teen abuse of prescription drugs (1 in 7) and over-the-counter cough medicine (1 in 12) remained stable from 2008 to 2009, while teen steroid and heroin use remained low at 5 percent for lifetime use.
How do all those numbers compare to what you younger guys are seeing in your high schools? Sound low? High? We’re many (many) years out of high school, but we keep hearing anecdotal reports from friends still living in our home town that the level of drug use — and not just booze and pot — is off the charts. Is that happening across the country? Sound Off in the comments. “