For a number of years teen use of marijuana had been in decline but a recent study shows that the trend is now tracking in the other direction. Some parents may recall public service ads from 10 to 20 years ago based on the “this is your brain….this is your brain on drugs” tagline. Those ads were the product of a non-profit group named The Partnership at Drugfree.org.
A recent study in the Archives of General Psychiatry revealed high numbers of teens who are experimenting with drugs and alcohol, putting them at risk for early dependency and social and physical problems that may plague them for the rest of their lives. Between February 2001 and January 2004, researchers surveyed alcohol and drug exposure and use among 10,123 teens aged 13 to 18. Of those teens, 78 percent had already experienced their first taste of alcohol and 42.5 percent had already experimented drugs.