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Marijuana Use Higher than Alcohol and Cigarette Abuse

by | Addiction, Alcohol and Drugs, Latest News, Research

Home Addiction Marijuana Use Higher than Alcohol and Cigarette Abuse

Survey of High School Students:
Marijuana Use Higher than Alcohol and Cigarette Abuse
Recent studies report that marijuana use in high school students is on the rise while the drinking and cigarette smoking is slowly declining. What is causing in the shift numbers? Perhaps the legalization of marijuana is giving a misconstrued message on marijuana and the generalized health comparison of marijuana versus cigarettes and alcohol, make marijuana the lesser of two evils. Adolescents will take enough of the message to use, and leave the rest. The lack of education on the power of addiction, the gateway to other illicit drugs and the social destruction marijuana may be the result of shifting their drug of choice.
A survey compiled by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, discovered a new trend in high school adolescents:
In the prior month of the survey, 21.4% of 12th graders used marijuana, whereas only 19.2% had smoked a cigarette. 6% of seniors smoke marijuana on a daily basis, up one percent since last year. The report shows a steady increase in marijuana use of 8th, 10th and 12th graders since 2004, and the rate continues to rise.
The drug and alcohol use in the 70’s and 80’s was at an alarming amount of twice as many daily users than today. Besides the dramatic decline in 2000, high school marijuana use is increasing slowly and with the recent legalization of marijuana in California, it will probably continue to rise.
Penalizing individuals for possession is not enough to stop young adults from using marijuana. Drug use in teens needs to be infiltrated by society’s message, educating them on the risks of marijuana use and the potential to use other illegal substances. Drug addiction is a powerful disease that can take an individual down quickly. Only abstinence can prevent drug addiction, but for those who are using it is vital to find recovery to prevent further destruction and drug addiction.