It wasn’t too long ago that we wrote about drug use leveling off and even dropping for some school age groups. But a new survey co-sponsored by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) have the numbers going up regarding marijuana usage. In fact, according to the survey, marijuana use is not only on the rise among teens, but is currently at its highest level among 8th to 12th graders in 30 years.
Perhaps equally disturbing is that one-in-five (19 percent) teen drivers reports that they have driven under the influence of marijuana, according to the most recent teen driving study by Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD. In fact, marijuana influence is significantly more prevalent among teen drivers than alcohol, as compared to the 13 percent of teens surveyed who report that they have driven after drinking. ~ SADD
“Marijuana affects memory, judgment, and perception and can lead to poor decisions when a teen under the influence of this or other drugs gets behind the wheel of a car,” said Stephen Wallace, Senior Advisor for Policy, Research, and Education at SADD.
“What keeps me up at night is that this data reflects a dangerous trend toward the acceptance of marijuana and other substances compared to our study of teens conducted just two years ago.”
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