Survey: Marijuana use up among teens

The Washington Post reports, “New data compiled by Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) and the insurance industry indicates that pot smoking is up among teens, and use is higher among high school kids than it has been in three decades.”

The report says, “Nineteen percent of teens said they’d driving [sic] a vehicle while stoned, according to a survey done by SADD and Liberty Mutual Insurance. The information released Wednesday comes a week after the Governors Highway Safety Association reported teen highway fatalities increased in the first half of 2011, reversing an eight-year downward trend and contradicting data that showed overall fatalities continued to decrease.”

USA Today reports that according to the survey, “70% of teens said marijuana use is ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ distracting to their driving, down from 78% in 2009. The findings reflect ‘a dangerous trend toward the acceptance of marijuana and other substances compared to our study of teens conducted just two years ago,’ says Stephen Wallace, senior adviser for Policy, Research, and Education at SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions).”

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