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Staying Out of Trouble

By March 20, 2015 No Comments

According to a study by the Department of Health and Human Services, drug, alcohol and tobacco use by teens has declined. Persons 12-17 years old still had the second highest rate of use (8.8 percent in 2013) in the U.S., but this was a decline compared to 2012 that occurred among all substances except marijuana where use remained constant. The report also found the rates of binge drinking among adolescents aged 12-17 also decreased from a level of 7.2 percent in 2012 to 6.2 percent in 2013.

On the downside, the percentage of youth who reported seeing prevention messages both inside and outside of school declined in 2013 to 72.6 percent compared to 75.9 percent in 2012.

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