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Alcohol Use Down, Marijuana Up In Teens

The IPRC says the increase however in marijuana use is up across all age groups.

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A teenager inhales from a vaporizer.

A study released by the Indiana Prevention Resource Center shows fewer Indiana teens are drinking, but the number using marijuana is on the rise. According to the study, 65 percent of high school seniors have tried alcohol. That number is down three-percent from 2010.

IPRC research associate Courtney Stewart says the increase however in marijuana use is up across all age groups. She says the problem is kids are beginning to perceive the drug as not being that dangerous since a number of states have approved it for medicinal purposes.

“I think both substances are glorified in the media and with what kids say or what they see,” she said. “But as far as the risk and the perception of harm, it might be, it’s possible that alcohol is perceived, like alcohol is perceived as more harmful at this point in time.”

Stewart says her group’s prevention campaign focuses on giving kids things to do in the afternoons when it is most likely they will experiment with drugs or alcohol.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JBOYM7U5CPER73JX57LWIMKHJU Jillian

    As marijuana is *significantly* safer than alcohol, this is good news!! (Also, you can’t “smoke” from a vaporizer as there is no smoke).

    Marijuana has repeatedly been proven to NOT cause cancer, heart disease, brain damage, liver disease, emphysema, or any other significant health issue, and its addiction potential is about on par with coffee. The more we can get people choosing marijuana over alcohol the better off we’ll be as a country!

    Parents have only two choices – we can either have drug dealers selling marijuana to kids or we can have supermarkets selling legally-grown marijuana to adults at prices low enough to prevent illegal competition. Forty years of failed marijuana prohibition has taught us that “nobody selling marijuana to nobody” is NEVER going to happen. 

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