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Marijuana Use on Rise Among Teens

mtflogoMarijuana use among American teens rose for the fourth straight year in 2011, according to results from the annual “Monitoring the Future” survey released in December in Washington, D.C.

The survey also found that daily marijuana use is at a 30-year peak among high school seniors, with 6.6 percent using pot daily, or near daily (defined as use on 20 or more occasions in the past 30 days).

“Put another way, one in every fifteen high school seniors today is smoking pot on a daily or near daily basis,” says Lloyd Johnston, the principal investigator of the study, “And that’s the highest rate that we have seen over the past thirty years—since 1981.”

The report, which surveyed 47,000 teens in grades 8, 10 and 12, stated that fewer teens perceive the drug as harmful and that disapproval of marijuana use is dropping.

The annual survey is sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan and is considered one of the leading indicators of trends in substance use among the nation’s teens.

The “Monitoring the Future” report also found that:

•The proportion of young people using any illicit drug has risen gradually in recent years, mainly due to an increase in marijuana use

•50 percent of high school seniors reported having tried an illicit drug at some time.

•40 percent of seniors had used one or more drugs in the past year.

•25 percent of seniors had used one or more drugs in the past month.

Click here to read the full report.

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