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Underage teen smoking a cigarette.

Underage teen smoking a cigarette.

Underage teen smoking a cigarette.

Rikki Tabb, Staff Writer

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A recent survey released Wednesday December 16, 2015 found that the use of alcohol and cigarettes among teenagers has decreased since 2014. However, the use of marijuana has sustained at a whopping 6 percent, beating out cigarettes at 5.5 percent.

Less students believe that marijuana is harmful compared to cigarettes. Less teens also believe that regular use of marijuana is harmful compared to last year. NIDA Director Nora D. Volkow recognizes that marijuana can indeed be harmful to the development of teenage brains.

The use of prescription pain killers has dropped 6.1 percent since 2003. Most of the teens declared that they received the medication from friends or family members and about one-third said that they have prescriptions for their medicines.

The rates for synthetic marijuana such as K2 and spice has decreased by 6.2 percent in comparison to the usage in 2011.

The alcohol levels have dropped 2 percent from 43 percent in 2014 to 41 percent in 2015. This number is still extremely high according to experts and they believe that the percent of teenagers participating in alcoholic activities will continue to decrease over the years.

A student was asked what she thought about underage drinking and smoking. “I think it is bad because it messes with their mind and it has a negative long term affect,” Jasmine Bumpas (11th grade).

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