Do You Believe This Report: "More Teens Smoking Marijuana, Survey Says"

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Would you rather have your kid experiment with ...

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  1. Steve Cool

    Steve Cool Tokemaster General Staff Member

    FoxNews |5.2.2012

    Marijuana use has significantly increased among teenagers in the United States, but the abuse of prescription drugs has fallen while the use of harder drugs like cocaine and meth have stabilized, indicates a new survey.
    More teens are smoking pot, with nearly 1 in 10 lighting up at least 20 or more times a month.

    The report by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, being released Wednesday, also said abuse of prescription medicine may be easing a bit among young people in grades 9 through 12, but still remains high.

    Partnership President Steve Pasierb says the mindset among parents is that it's just a little weed or a few pills — no biggie.
    "Parents are talking about cocaine and heroin, things that scare them," said Pasierb. "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."
    Use of harder drugs — cocaine and methamphetamine — has stabilized in recent years, the group's survey showed.
    But past-month usage of marijuana grew from 19 percent in 2008 to 27 percent last year. Also alarming, says Pasierb, is the percentage of teens smoking pot 20 or more times a month. That rate went from 5 percent in 2008 to 9 percent last year, or about 1.5 million teens toking up that frequently.

    Alex, 17, in Houston, says he started smoking pot at age 13, mostly on the weekends with friends.

    "I just liked being high," said Alex, who is in a recovery program and asked that his last name not be used. "I always felt happier. Everything was funnier and my life was just brighter."

    Alex then started abusing prescription drugs at 14. He blacked out one day at school, got arrested and ended up in rehab. After being sober for two years, Alex slipped and smoked pot last month. Still, he says he hopes to work toward a more sober life.

    The findings on marijuana track closely with those in a recent University of Michigan study sponsored by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, part of the National Institutes of Health. That study also found marijuana use rising among teens the past few years, reversing a long decline in the previous decade.

    The partnership study suggests a link between teens who smoke pot more regularly and the use of other drugs. Teens who smoked 20 times or more a month were almost twice as likely as kids who smoked pot less frequently to use ecstasy, cocaine or crack.

    Other findings:

    —One in 10 teens reports using prescription pain medication — Vicodin or OxyContin — in the past year. That's down from a peak of 15 percent in 2009 and 14 percent in 2010.

    —Just over half of Hispanic teens say they have used an illicit drug, such as Ecstasy or cocaine, in the past year. That compares to 39 percent for Caucasian teens and 42 percent for African American teens.

    The Marijuana Policy Project, which advocates legalization, says making pot legal for adults might help cut teen usage.
    "We definitely don't think that minors should be using marijuana any more than they should be drinking or using tobacco, but arresting people for doing that never stops minors," said Morgan Fox, a spokesman for the group. "If we remove marijuana from the criminal market and have the market run by responsible business people that have an incentive to check IDs and not sell to minors, then we might see those rates drop again."

    The Partnership's study was sponsored by the MetLife Foundation. Researchers surveyed 3,322 teens in grades 9-12 with anonymous questionnaires that the youngsters filled out at school from March to June 2011. The study has a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.

    Based in New York, The Partnership at Drugfree.org is formerly The Partnership for a Drug-Free America — perhaps best known for the "this is your brain on drugs" ads of the 1980s and 1990s. The nonprofit group launched its new name in 2010 to position itself as more of a resource to parents and to avoid the misperception the partnership is a government organization.


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  2. Steve Cool

    Steve Cool Tokemaster General Staff Member

    Fact is ALL kids experiment with altered states of mind. When they are little they spin until they can't walk. Later they drink until they puke. I would much rather have my kids experiment with marijuana rather than any OTC pills or booze.

    Fuck big Pharma!
     
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  3. kbubb91

    kbubb91 New Member

    i know someone who went to the hospital cause they drank a full bottle of vick's cough medicine.
    never heard of people going for marijuana.

    and whats with the government having such an issue with people getting high, like who cares.
     
  4. Steve Cool

    Steve Cool Tokemaster General Staff Member

    We have more people on an annual baises die of food poisoning in the U.S. than from marijuana consumption. But to stay on point. Some kids experiment with altered states and those that choose marijuana over others means such as OTC Pills, alcohol, bath salts, crank, crack, LSD, Shrooms... shoot even cigarettes are many times worse than marijuana could ever be on its worst trip. So I say, right on youth. Light up, relax, don't drive ... and prove your intelligence by not acting like a typical stoner.
     
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  5. kbubb91

    kbubb91 New Member

    and tell as little people as possible, the less who know, the less adult/parent harassment you are likely to suffer.
     
  6. Daddy'sGirl420

    Daddy'sGirl420 New Member

    I don't think MORE teens are smoking. I just think more teens are becoming more open about smoking. A lot of people keep it quiet because they worry bout what people would think of them if they knew they smoke pot. People are just starting to care less about what other people think.
     
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  7. Daddy'sGirl420

    Daddy'sGirl420 New Member

    I've only heard of one person go to the hospital because of weed, but he's allergic to it so that don't really count lol
     
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  8. Buzzby

    Buzzby Buddhist Curmudgeon

    How does a "typical stoner" act? The fact is, only 1 out of 102 marijuana users ever goes on to become an habitual user of any hard drug.
     

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