National Study Says Teens Are Smoking More Pot

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The number of pot smoking teens increased this year with one third of high school seniors admitting they used marijuana during the month before participating in a national survey. And it’s not just seniors. One in seven 8th graders and one in four 10th graders are also smoking pot.

This data comes from the 2010 National Institute on Drug Abuse Monitoring the Future study, which has been surveying American teens since 1975. The study, designed and conducted by the University of Michigan, looked at more than 46,000 8th, 10th and 12th graders enrolled in over 350 public and private schools.

Marijuana use among teens has been rising over the past two years and the study shows some teens feel that marijuana is medicinal and relatively harmless. Fewer than half of high school seniors said they thought smoking marijuana regularly was harmful.

After a five-year decline in ecstasy use, teens seem to be picking it up again. Nearly 5 percent of 10th graders report using ecstasy this year while only 3.7 percent used it in 2009.

The study did find some good news. Teens are turning to binge drinking less.

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