12 on Health: Teen drug use down in 2016

A recent study found that overall use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications and illicit substances dropped among U.S. teens in the last year.

A recent study found that overall use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications and illicit substances dropped among U.S. teens in the last year.

A recent study found that overall use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications and illicit substances dropped among U.S. teens in the last year. (2/15/17)

NEW YORK - A recent study found that overall use of alcohol, marijuana, prescription medications and illicit substances dropped among U.S. teens in the last year.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse surveyed nearly 50,000 eighth-, 10th- and 12th-grade students from public and private schools .  The research found that illicit drug use like cocaine and heroin among eighth-graders was at the lowest level in the survey's history.

Use of illegal drugs over the past year also dropped among the three grade levels, excluding marijuana. The study found higher rates of pot-use among older students in states that legalized medical marijuana.

In 2016, nearly 40 percent of seniors living in states with medical marijuana laws reported smoking pot. In states without medical marijuana laws, just over 33 percent of seniors reported using the drug. 

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