Feds Call Out CO in Releasing Study on Teen MJ Use

Dec 25, 2013

Fed­eral drug abuse offi­cials called out Col­orado by name Wednes­day in releas­ing a new national sur­vey of illicit drug use among teenagers, say­ing mar­i­juana legal­iza­tion efforts are clearly chang­ing youth atti­tudes in a dan­ger­ous way. The White House Office of National Drug Con­trol Pol­icy noted many teens report get­ting their mar­i­juana from oth­ers with med­ical mar­i­juana access. Past-month pot use by high school­ers jumped over five years, and per­ceived risk by teens is plum­met­ing, said the annual report of the National Insti­tute on Drug Abuse. Col­orado, Wash­ing­ton and other states head­ing toward legal­iza­tion are con­duct­ing a “large social exper­i­ment (that) por­tends a very dif­fi­cult time” for drug-abuse con­trol, said Gil Ker­likowske, direc­tor of the Office of National Drug Con­trol Pol­icy. Legal­iza­tion advo­cates, mean­while, cited other sta­tis­tics in the report show­ing the recent national trend in high school use of pot is flat. The most recent three years of the sur­vey show lit­tle change in self-reported use in the annual tally. In 12th-graders, for exam­ple, use in the past month was 22.7 per­cent of respon­dents, lit­tle changed from 22.9 per­cent in 2012 or 22.6 per­cent in 2011. A sim­i­lar flat trend held among 10th– and eighth-graders in those years. The fed­eral offi­cials cited changes from 2008 to 2013 to make their point: Past-month use by 12th-graders nation­ally rose from 19.4 per­cent to 22.7 per­cent; among 10th-graders, use went from 13.8 per­cent to 18 per­cent. Snipped Com­plete Arti­cle: http://​drugsense​.org/​u​r​l​/​S​6​C​3​c​pEd Source: Den­ver Post (CO) Author: Michael Booth, The Den­ver Post Pub­lished: Decem­ber 18, 2013 Copy­right: 2013 The Den­ver Post Web­site: http://​www​.den​ver​post​.com/ Con­tact: openforum@​denverpost.​com

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