Survey: More teens using alcohol, Ecstasy and marijuana
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- The number of teens in grades 9-12 that used alcohol in the past months has grown 11 percent
- Ecstasy use in the past year has increased 67 percent
- Marijuana use in the past year increased 19 percent
Researchers found that these negative shifts in teen attitudes were linked with the growing belief in the benefits and acceptability of drug use and drinking.
The sponsors of the study also said there was a critical need for parents to be more proactive with their teens. Many parents are not acting early enough to protect their children from the risks of drugs and alcohol, according to the study.
Talking to our kids about drugs and alcohol might not be easy or comfortable--but it's not optional. And there are resources out there to help us start the conversation. Here's one:
Have you talked to your kids about drugs and alcohol? How did the conversation go?