More and more American teens are smoking pot—and experts are worried.
The Partnership at Drugfree.org has released a new report on teen marijuana use. According to their research, nearly half of all teens have tried marijuana—a 21% increase since 2008.
27% of teenagers smoke pot at least once a month. Meanwhile, heavy marijuana use (defined as indulging 20 or more times a month) nearly doubled, from 5% to 9%.
Partnership president Steve Pasierb says, "These findings are deeply disturbing. The increases we're seeing in heavy, regular marijuana use among high school students can spell real trouble for these teens later on."
University of Michigan professor Lloyd Johnston adds that many teens no longer see regular marijuana use as a problem.
By the way, the British medical journal Lancet published another disturbing report. While studying teenagers who are growing up in developed, high-income nations, researchers found that U.S. teens take the most risks with drugs and nearly the most risks with alcohol. Only teens in Austria and Ireland drink more than their American counterparts, and nowhere do teens smoke more pot.
If you’re the parent of teens or pre-teens, let me recommend that you visit the Partnership’s website at drugfree.org. There you’ll find solid, helpful advice on how to prevent teen drug and alcohol abuse. If your teen already has problems in this area, they can also steer you toward the best treatment options.
I’m Bill Maier for family-friendly, commercial free, WBCL