Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Community conversation looks at substance abuse among youth

Reminder News (Colchester, CT) January 9, 2012

"Substance abuse can often be the elephant in the room - there for all to see, but no one wants to talk about it, hoping that maybe it will just go away. But recent data collected by the National Institute on Drug Abuse(http://www.nida.nih.gov/infofacts/hsyouthtrends.html) suggests that not only is the problem not going away, but it is getting worse.
Between 2009 and 2010, marijuana use among high school seniors was at its highest point since the early 1980s, while use among eighth-graders has also increased. In fact, many measures now show that marijuana use exceeds cigarette smoking among the nation’s youth, concurrent with a decreased perception of the harm of marijuana smoking among kids." Read More

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