Teen Pot, Booze Use Rises
Numbers are up for the first time in 10 years
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 2, 2010 2:26 PM CST
Teen drug use is on the rise, a new survey says.   (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

(Newser) – Alcohol and marijuana use among teens is on the rise, ending a decade-long decline. The number of high school students who reported drinking recently rose from 35% in 2008 to 39% last year, says an annual survey out today from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. For pot, the number rose from 19% to 25%.

Until last year, those measures for pot and alcohol use had been in steady decline since 1998, when use hovered around 50% for alcohol and 27% for pot. The study also found use of the party drug Ecstasy on the rise. About 6% of teens said they used it in the past month, up from 4% in 2008.

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