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Teen Drug Use On The Rise, Again

by The Kid's Doctor Staff

After nearly 10 years of declining numbers, teen drug use has reversed course and is rising among 9th-12th graders.

A  joint study published by the Partnership for a Drug Free America and the MetLife Foundation revealed the following:

*teen alcohol use grew to 39% from 28% in 2008

* yearly and monthly marijuana us increased to 38% and 25%, respectively

*75% of teenagers say they have friends who get high at parties, a 9% increase from 2008

The study revealed several reasons for the increase including less federal funding for drug-prevention programs in schools and the media.

Inhalants like glue, nails polish remover, spray paints, and cleaning fluids pose a growing risk among teens.  These items are cheap readily available in a home and are used by younger teens to get a “quick high”.

Over the past several years, studies have revealed that teen access to drugs, especially prescription medicines, is easier than ever.

So what can parents do?  Be aware of any mood swings or behavior changes in your teen.  Make an effort to get know your child’s friends.  Eat dinner as a family.  Studies continue to prove that children who sit down to a family dinner do better in school and are less likely to get involved with risky behaviors.

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