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Marijuana use continues to increase among America’s students

Marijuana Use Increasing Among Students

A new study has found that marijuana use continues to increase among America’s students. The survey, conducted by the University of Michigan, found that high school seniors daily use of marijuana increased from 5.1 percent to 6.1 percent. The survey questioned 46,482 students from 396 public and private schools. The proportion of eighth graders increased from 1 percent to 1.2 percent between 2009 and 2010, and among tenth graders, daily marijuana use went from 2.8 percent to 3.3 percent.
 
“These high rates of marijuana use during the teen and pre-teen years, when the brain continues to develop, places our young people at particular risk,” said Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Not only does marijuana affect learning, judgment and motor skills, but research tells us that about one in six people who start using it as adolescents become addicted.”

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