Posted Friday, May 4
Survey results released this week by The Partnership at Drugfree.org and MetLife Foundation found that marijuana use in the past month has increased significantly among U.S. high school students since 2008.
The study, which was sponsored by MetLife Foundation, found that 9 percent of teens smoked marijuana heavily in the past month, and overall heavy marijuana use is up 80 percent among teens since 2008.
Click here to read the entire study.
“These findings are deeply disturbing as the increases we’re seeing in heavy, regular marijuana use among high school students can spell real trouble for these teens later on,” Steve Pasierb, president and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org, said on the website. “Heavy use of marijuana – particularly beginning in adolescence – brings the risk of serious problems and our data show it is linked to involvement with alcohol and other drugs as well. Kids who begin using drugs or alcohol as teenagers are more likely to struggle with substance use disorders when compared to those who start using after the teenage years.”
Other concerning trends in marijuana use that the study found included the following:
- Past-month use is up 42 percent (up from 19 percent in 2008 to 27 percent in 2011).
- Past-year use is up 26 percent (up from 31 percent in 2008 to 39 percent in 2011).
- Lifetime use is up 21 percent (up from 39 percent in 2008 to 47 percent in 2011, which translates to nearly 8 million teens).
The survey also questioned teens about other substance abuse, such as prescription drugs, and what sorts of concerns they had regarding consequences of substance abuse, or if they even viewed it as having a negative impact. For more results regarding the study, click here to go to the Partnership at Drugfree.org.