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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Teenage Marijuana Use on the Rise

Marijuana consumption is becoming more and more popular amongst teenagers, with nearly one in 10 teenagers smoking marijuana at least 20 or more times a month, according to a new survey. The survey was released Wednesday by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, the findings showed that in the past-month marijuana use rose from 19 percent in 2008, to 27 percent last year, the Associated Press reports.

The Partnership Attitude Tracking Study found past-year use of marijuana rose from 31 percent in 2008, to 39 percent (six million teens) in 2011. The survey found lifetime use increased from 39 percent in 2008, to 47 percent (eight million teens) in 2011.

“Parents are talking about cocaine and heroin, things that scare them,” Steve Pasierb, President and CEO of The Partnership at Drugfree.org, told the AP. “Parents are not talking about prescription drugs and marijuana. They can’t wink and nod. They need to be stressing the message that this behavior is unhealthy.”

Medical marijuana may play a part in the rise, with a number of teenagers’ parents applying for their medical card. Teenagers will naturally assume that marijuana use must be safe if their parents are using the drug.

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