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Alcohol Use Down, Marijuana Up In Teens

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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.

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