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A New Way to View, Treat and Prevent Adolescent Drug, Alcohol Use

While the number of teenagers experimenting with alcohol or other drugs has stabilized, the number of high school students who smoke marijuana daily, who binge drink and who get drunk is unacceptably high. In fact, for the first time, daily marijuana use exceeds daily tobacco cigarette use among 12th-graders, and the perception of marijuana use as risky continues to decline. This is particularly concerning given marijuana’s potential adverse effects on the developing teenage brain. It is easy to become paralyzed in the face of discouraging information and the already large and growing size of the problem. But we cannot afford inaction: Too much is at stake and too much is changing.

Read this full post from TRI’s Kathy Meyers, PhD, in Youth Today.