Gil Kerlikowske, Director of National Drug Control Policy, announced today the results of a new national study of teenagers substance abuse and their attitudes toward drugs and drug use.
The annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) study of 8th, 10th, and 12th graders shows decreases in some grades in the use of cocaine, methamphetamine, and hallucinogens, there is a prevalence of teens abusing prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Additionally there are issues with young people’s perceptions of the harms associated with smoking marijuana, using Ecstasy, drinking alcohol, and using smokeless tobacco.
“Considering the troublesome data from other national and local surveys, these latest data confirm that we must redouble our efforts to implement a comprehensive, evidence-based approach to preventing and treating drug use”, stated Kerlikowske.
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