Kids On Texas Border Using More Cocaine 7/16/99

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The Orange County Register (7/10) reports that high school students living along the Texas-Mexico border are more likely to have tried cocaine than their cohorts in other parts of the state. Overall, cocaine use by Texas secondary school students has increased by 40% since 1988.

Al Robison of the Drug Policy Forum of Texas told The Week Online that the troubling news can be attributed to the drug war.

"The border is awash in drugs. You'd have to be blind not to see that" Robison said. "Why is cocaine so easily accessible near the border -- even more so than other parts of the country? Why are there no enforceable age restrictions on who can buy it? Why are we talking, once again, about drug use increasing among teenagers in Texas despite the fact that the state incarcerates so many people for drugs? One word. Prohibition."

The Drug Policy Forum of Texas can be found on the web at http://www.mapinc.org/DPFT/.

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