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Drug, alcohol usage declining among teens.

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The 2014 Monitoring the Future study, which has looked at the attitudes and behaviors of teenagers over the past forty years, has shown that the use of drugs and alcohol by teenagers is declining.

In fact, in 2014, alcohol and cigarette usage among teens are at their lowest level since the study began in 1975.

The study, which is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, found that while the number of teens using drugs and alcohol is declining, there has also been a rise in the amount of peer disapproval of these behaviors.

Still, over half of 12th graders report using alcohol in the past 30 days, and nearly 40 percent have recently smoked pot.

“Even though the indicators are very good news, at the same time we cannot become complacent, said Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “This is a stage where their (teens) brains are most vulnerable. We need to continue our prevention efforts.”

 

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