Survey: Drug Use Rising Among Youngest Teens: Current strategies failing to curtail use 11/2/97

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A survey released this week by the Parents Resource Institute for Drug Education (PRIDE) reported that 11.4% of junior high school students had used drugs in the previous month, up from 10.9% during the previous year. Among high school students, 24.6% reported use, as compared with 24.2% the year before.

While there are any number of reasons to doubt the validity of numbers of self-report drug use surveys given to young people, the trend is nonetheless troubling. There are two important issues, however, which are not addressed by any of the numerous youth drug use surveys. They are, first, in what context is drug use among young teens occurring? And second, if children as young as 11 and 12 have this type of access to drugs in a nation that is spending tens of billions of dollars per year predicated on protecting this very population, what does that say about the strategies we've employed?

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