Teens and Drugs

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By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, I’m Ira Dreyfuss with HHS HealthBeat.

The 2014 nationwide Monitoring the Future survey on teen drug use indicates cigarette and alcohol use, and prescription opioid pain reliever abuse, has been falling, while marijuana use was stable.

Some examples: Nine percent of eighth graders, 23 percent of 10th graders and 37 percent of 12th graders had used alcohol. About 7 percent of eighth graders, 17 percent of 10th graders and 21 percent of 12th graders smoked marijuana.

The survey is supported by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Dr. Nora Volkow is director of the institute:

“What is important to recognize is that we cannot be complacent – and also identify that these indicators going in the right direction reflect the fact that prevention works.”

Learn more at healthfinder.gov.

HHS HealthBeat is a production of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m Ira Dreyfuss.

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