Primary Care Physician
Dr. Orrange received her BA in Biology at the University of California, San Diego, and a Masters Degree in Health Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health. She received her MD from the USC Keck School of…
FAST FACTS
Advertisement
New Studies Reveal Teenagers are Drinking Less, and Using Marijuana More
Posted in Parenting Teena... by Dr. Sharon Orrange on Dec 29, 2011
2011 brought some interesting news from American teens. Daily cigarette smoking and binge drinking among American teenagers declined over the past year, but pot smoking and the abuse of prescription drugs remain a problem.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) announced the survey findings which found that daily cigarette use has continued to drop in the past year: 2% of 8th graders, 6% of 10th graders, and 10% of 12th graders reported daily smoking.

Alcohol use and binge drinking rates also dropped significantly in teens over the last 5 years.

What we swapped this for was an increase in the use of marijuana among teens which climbed in 2011 for the fourth straight year. In 2011, 12% of 8th graders, 29% of 10th graders, and 36% of 12th graders reported past-year use of marijuana. In the past 5-years there have been increases in daily, current, and past-year marijuana use by 10th and 12th graders.

These increases are believed to be because of the decline in the perceived risk associated with marijuana use.

“Spice” or K2, a synthetic marijuana, was also more common among high school seniors. Just this year the DEA deemed many of the chemicals used in K2 as unsafe, and at least 18 states have banned synthetic marijuana.

The tragedy of 2011 is that prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications account for most of the drugs abused by 12th grade students in the past year. Levels of OxyContin, amphetamine (Adderall, etc.) and Vicodin abuse increased. With good news, comes some bad news.

Thoughts?

Dr O.
       Send to a Friend     Share This

MORE ARTICLES
CATEGORIES: News
CONDITIONS AND COMMUNITIES: Alcoholism  •  Anger Management  •  Anxiety  •  Anxiety Disorders in Children  •  Bereavement - Teens  •  Bipolar Disorder - Teen  •  Bisexuality  •  Bullying  •  Children Of Divorced Parents  •  Chronic Pain  •  Cocaine Addiction & Recovery  •  Codependency  •  College Stress  •  Coming Out  •  Depression  •  Depression - Teen  •  Depression in Children  •  Depression Supporters  •  Eating Disorders  •  Families & Friends Affected By Suicide  •  Families & Friends Of Addicts  •  Families & Friends of Gays & Lesbians  •  Family Issues  •  Fitness Goals  •  Gay & Lesbian Teens  •  Healthy Relationships  •  Heroin Addiction & Recovery  •  High School Stress  •  Inhalant Abuse & Recovery  •  Insomnia  •  Interfaith Relationships  •  Interracial Relationships  •  Jealousy  •  Loneliness  •  Long Distance Relationships (LDR)  •  Marijuana Addiction & Recovery  •  Meth Addiction & Recovery  •  Military Families  •  Motherless Children  •  Obesity  •  Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)  •  Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)  •  Panic Attacks  •  Parenting 'Tweens (9-12)  •  Parenting Teenagers (12-18)  •  Physical & Emotional Abuse  •  Self-Injury  •  Separation Anxiety  •  Shyness  •  Smoking Addiction & Recovery  •  Step Families  •  Stress Management  •  Teen Anxiety  •  Teen Sexuality
TAGS: Symptoms  •  Therapies

MEMBER COMMENTS
TOTAL COMMENTS: 5 - View All Comments »

Add a Comment
Displaying comments 5-1 of 5
5
To whoever said "We studied hard for tests, did our homework, fretted about social lives or lack thereof, cried ourselves to sleep on our pillows or cried on our best friends' shoulders. But we didn't do alcohol or illegal drugs. Most of us went on to college, and we survived."

What is your point exactly? All these things can be said of people who use illegal drugs and I am speaking from personal experience.
By Spiky  May 22, 2012
4
Agree with Bamb00. This is good news. Marijuana is becoming more and more accepted by the medical establishment for its positive uses. It is not physically damaging nor chemically addictive.

I admit there are some negatives aspects to marijuana. It is, like many drugs, habit-forming. There are certain risks people are willing to take when drugs are clouding their judgement (this is of course true of any controlled substance). It does cause some functional impairment while under the influence. Short-term memory is compromised if it's used regularly. It can cause mood swings and paranoia, which can complicate any existing mental health conditions.

Consider that alcohol IS physically and psychologically addictive, poisonous, can cause long-term liver damage resulting in death, and drunk driving still claims millions of lives. I still find marijuana to be a preferable alternative to booze.
By Spiky  May 22, 2012
3
Thanks for your compliment!
By johnlasseter  Mar 14, 2012
2
Kinda makes me wonder how my friends and I survived those years of angst and sturm und drang. We didn't smoke, we didn't drink, we may have taken the occasional aspirin for a headache (with parental permission). We studied hard for tests, did our homework, fretted about social lives or lack thereof, cried ourselves to sleep on our pillows or cried on our best friends' shoulders.

But we didn't do alcohol or illegal drugs. Most of us went on to college, and we survived. Why can't today's kids do the same?
By madbookworm  Dec 31, 2011
1
This is actually good news, the kids are risking arrest and incarceration from their cannabis use as opposed to liver damage , stomache and esophageal cancers, and brain damage from alcohol use.
We cannot make the alcohol non poisonous or a non carcinogen. We can however change the laws which for now are the single most dangerous issue with marijuanna use.
By Bamb00  Dec 31, 2011
Got a Question?
 
 
 
 
My Fans
RELATED SUPPORT GROUPS
Alcoholism
(28,244 Discussion Topics)
Anger Management
(2,358 Discussion Topics)
Anxiety
(28,775 Discussion Topics)
Anxiety Disorders in Children
(271 Discussion Topics)
Bereavement - Teens
(495 Discussion Topics)
Bipolar Disorder - Teen
(899 Discussion Topics)
Bisexuality
(2,580 Discussion Topics)
Bullying
(575 Discussion Topics)
Children Of Divorced Parents
(395 Discussion Topics)
Chronic Pain
(18,834 Discussion Topics)
Cocaine Addiction & Recovery
(1,348 Discussion Topics)
Codependency
(8,131 Discussion Topics)
College Stress
(941 Discussion Topics)
Coming Out
(1,480 Discussion Topics)
Depression
(125,847 Discussion Topics)
Depression - Teen
(6,377 Discussion Topics)
Depression in Children
(73 Discussion Topics)
Depression Supporters
(1,298 Discussion Topics)
Eating Disorders
(16,153 Discussion Topics)
Families & Friends Affected By Suicide
(1,489 Discussion Topics)
Families & Friends Of Addicts
(6,285 Discussion Topics)
Families & Friends of Gays & Lesbians
(206 Discussion Topics)
Family Issues
(3,622 Discussion Topics)
Fitness Goals
(1,758 Discussion Topics)
Gay & Lesbian Teens
(3,722 Discussion Topics)
Healthy Relationships
(8,926 Discussion Topics)
Heroin Addiction & Recovery
(774 Discussion Topics)
High School Stress
(640 Discussion Topics)
Inhalant Abuse & Recovery
(37 Discussion Topics)
Insomnia
(2,826 Discussion Topics)
Interfaith Relationships
(89 Discussion Topics)
Interracial Relationships
(339 Discussion Topics)
Jealousy
(1,252 Discussion Topics)
Loneliness
(7,320 Discussion Topics)
Long Distance Relationships (LDR)
(750 Discussion Topics)
Marijuana Addiction & Recovery
(1,413 Discussion Topics)
Meth Addiction & Recovery
(542 Discussion Topics)
Military Families
(1,332 Discussion Topics)
Motherless Children
(202 Discussion Topics)
Obesity
(5,182 Discussion Topics)
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
(5,946 Discussion Topics)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD)
(1,152 Discussion Topics)
Panic Attacks
(5,033 Discussion Topics)
Parenting 'Tweens (9-12)
(672 Discussion Topics)
Parenting Teenagers (12-18)
(1,555 Discussion Topics)
Physical & Emotional Abuse
(23,124 Discussion Topics)
Self-Injury
(17,275 Discussion Topics)
Separation Anxiety
(184 Discussion Topics)
Shyness
(1,368 Discussion Topics)
Smoking Addiction & Recovery
(16,552 Discussion Topics)
Step Families
(1,617 Discussion Topics)
Stress Management
(1,435 Discussion Topics)
Teen Anxiety
(525 Discussion Topics)
Teen Sexuality
(1,024 Discussion Topics)