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Study: Decline in Teen Marijuana Use Stalls

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

The recent decline in marijuana use by American teenagers appears to have stalled this year according to researchers. The annual survey of U.S. teen drug use done by the University of Michigan also shows that the abuse of prescription drug use remains at worrisome levels. The study also found that cigarette smoking and alcohol use continues to decline.

According to the study, marijuana is the most commonly used illicit drug. The survey showed that marijuana use by students in two of the three grades measured increased slightly. The researchers said 11 percent of eighth graders, 24 percent of 10th graders, and 32 percent of 12th graders reported using the drug in the prior year.

Overall, 47 percent of 12th graders, 34 percent of 10th graders and 20 percent of eighth graders reported ever having used an illicit drug, the researchers said.

The findings are based on a survey of more than 46,000 students from 386 U.S. schools.

The survey also showed that the rate of abuse of prescription medications like Vicodin and Oxycontin has changed very little over the past six years.

More Information: The University of Michigan

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