A new survey conducted by the National Institute on Drug Abuse together with the University of Michigan has indicated that for the last four years, marijuana use has continued to rise among teens in the United States.
Results of the survey also include the fact that marijuana use among seniors has reached an all-time high at 6.6% in the last 30 years. Teens seem to disregard the dangers of marijuana abuse that even students in the 10th and 12th grades also register alarming figures as far as marijuana use is concerned.
The survey is one of the most credible indicators of substance abuse among teens in the nation.
According to psychiatrist Karl Benzio M.D., pot smoking has become so rampant that it’s almost like smoking cigarettes for teens. “Pot has become nearly as accepted as cigarette smoking in our society, and the dangers of it are grossly underestimated, especially for young people. As high schoolers smoke more pot, they are drawn to other drugs — drugs with devastating effects.”
Dr. Benzio is also the executive director of the Lighthouse Network which offers programs for addiction and mental health recovery with a 24-hour helpline and counseling for troubled individuals.
Other alarming findings of the study include a recorded 50% of high school seniors admit to use of illicit drugs at one point in their lives. There are also 40% of the same population who admit to use of more than one type of drug in the past year, and in the last month, 25% of the students claimed use of illicit drugs.
The study dubbed as the “Monitoring the Future” survey also recorded an increase in the use of synthetic marijuana products such as K2 and Spice as well as Ecstasy drugs which all have fatal effects on users.