Teens report less drug use

Filed under: Teens, Development/Milestones: Babies

A government report, summarized on the L.A. Times web site yesterday, reported that fewer teens are abusing illegal drugs, though the rate of illicit drug use among all Americans has remained steady over the last three years. The number of youths ages 12 to 17 reporting that they had used illegal drugs - a category that includes marijuana and cocaine but not alcohol or tobacco - in the previous month decreased by about 370,000, from 11.6% to just under 10%, from 2002 to 2005, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed. Marijuana use declined in that group from 8.2% to 6.8%, according to the report, which was released by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. But as the rate of drug abuse among youths declined from 2002 to 2005, it increased during the same period among baby boomers, born between 1946 and 1964. Last year, 4.4% of people in their 50s reported using illegal drugs in the previous month. Three years earlier, the figure was 2.7%.

It's great to hear that our teenage kids are doing better, but what about their parents? In this case, it looks like the kids are not necessary imitating their parents.


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