Smoking and Drinking is Out, Teens take to Marijuana

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There’s good news and there’s bad news. The good news is that Cigarettes and Alcohol consumption has seen a steady decline in consumption among teenagers in USA. The bad news, however, is that Marijuana consumption has been increasing among teenagers 14 years – 18 years and older.

According to a report “Monitoring the Future” from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), claims that teenagers seem to have developed a tendency to abuse themselves with marijuana as compared to alcohol and cigarettes.

Dr. Nora D.Volkow – director of NIDA – reports that while it’s welcome news that the cigarette usage over the years has declined, they now hold steady. Other tobacco products have been used steadily over the past few years now. However, he points out that teenage marijuana abuse is on the rise.

Statistics from a feature on Medical News Today , reveals that about 6.6% 12th-graders are reported to have marijuana daily, while a whopping 36% of them admit that they have had marijuana in the last 12 months.

As with cigarettes, over 20% of 12th-graders admit to have smoked cigarettes in the previous 4 weeks which is much lesser than 36.5% in 97’ and 21.6% in 2006.

Alcohol consumption is more prevalent. 63.5% of 12th-graders admit to have consumed alcohol during the last 12 months versus 74% in 1997.

According to Gil Kerlikowske, the director of National Drug Control Policy,  the rise of substance abuse is alarming. K2 and spice, for instance, are dangerous drugs that the teenagers and young adults are increasingly showing proclivity towards. He opines that parents are often the first point of contact and play an instrumental role in shaping their wards’ young lives.

To help disseminate information to prevent increased substance abise, NIDA plans to put up a lot of information on their website dedicated for teens. The website is expected to have interactive videos, articles, and expert opinions to understand the risks associated with such substance intake. The articles and the NIDA blog also encourage feedback. Similarly, videos on Youtube and Facebook also help in information dissemination.

Strict prevention and controls are the dire necessity of the day to help keep substance abuse in check. NIDA and other drug control authorities obviously feel that the actual work begins at home.





  1. malcolm kyle says:

    Prohibition increases usage rates while legalized regulation restricts access to young people.

    Many of us have now finally wised up to the fact that the best avenue towards realistically dealing with drug use and addiction is through proper regulation, which is what we already do with alcohol & tobacco – two of our most dangerous mood altering substances. But for those of you whose ignorant minds traverse a fantasy plane of existence, you will no doubt remain sorely upset with any type of solution that does not seem to lead to the absurd and unattainable utopia of a drug free society.

    There is an irrefutable connection between drug prohibition and the crime, corruption, disease and death it causes. If you are not capable of understanding this connection, then maybe you’re using something far stronger than the rest of us. Anybody ‘halfway bright’ and who’s not psychologically challenged, should be capable of understanding, that it is not simply the demand for drugs that creates the mayhem, it is our refusal to let legal businesses meet that demand.

    No amount of money, police powers, weaponry, wishful thinking or pseudo-science will make our streets safer, only an end to prohibition can do that. How much longer are you willing to foolishly risk your own survival by continuing to ignore the obvious, historically confirmed solution?

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped trigger the worst crime wave in history.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped escalate the number of people on welfare who can’t find employment due to their felony status.

    If you support prohibition you’ve a helped create a black market with massive incentives to hook both adults and children alike.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped to make these dangerous substances available in schools and prisons.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped raise gang warfare to a level not seen since the days of alcohol bootlegging.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped create the prison-for-profit synergy with drug lords.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped remove many important civil liberties from those citizens you falsely claim to represent.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped put previously unknown and contaminated drugs on the streets.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped to escalate Theft, Muggings and Burglaries.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped to divert scarce law-enforcement resources away from protecting your fellow citizens from the ever escalating violence against their person or property.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped overcrowd the courts and prisons, thus making it increasingly impossible to curtail the people who are hurting and terrorizing others.

    If you support prohibition you’ve helped evolve local gangs into transnational enterprises with intricate power structures that reach into every corner of society, controlling vast swaths of territory with significant social and military resources at their disposal.

    If you support prohibition then prepare yourself for even more death, corruption, sickness, imprisonment, unemployment, foreclosed homes, and the complete loss of the rule of law and the Bill of Rights.

  2. It’s a good thing..

    Silly grass has been blamed for being the ‘gateway’ drug for decades..

    Clearly this demonstrates what most of us already knew..

    Given more availability to ‘grass’ kids would rather use it than other harder drugs like alcohol, vicodin, meth and tobacco.

    The MOST alarming thing to me.. is knowing kids are trying grass over all other drugs.. is that the government has scheduled cannabis in such a way.. that when a kid tries it and thinks ‘not that big od a deal’.. they might be ENTICED to try dangerous life threatening drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine, because the US government CLEARLY suggests those drugs have a value to society and are far less dangerous for them than the higher scheduled marijuana.

    In fact it is now clear the US scheduling of marijuana is the gateway that has kids doing much worse drugs, but knowing the government says they are less dangerous and they will get less of a criminal penalty if caught.

    This is nonsense.. this ‘lying’ about the scheduling of marijuana entices kids to try much harder drugs the the government has lied to them about being SAFER than marijuana.

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