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Smoking and Drinking Continue to Decline, But Marijuana Stalls in Latest MTF Survey

October 2009

Highlights trends from a 2008 survey of teenage substance abuse, cigarette smoking and alcohol use and discusses the implications of these changing data.

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Some Teens Reporting Nonmedical Use of Prescriptions Develop Disorders

April 2010
Reports teen drug abuse based on 2006-2007 data from a national survey on drug use and health and compares differences by gender.

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Steroid Abuse Is a High-Risk Route to the Finish Line

October 2006

Highlights research on the effects of steroid use on the brain and the rest of the body, and stresses the need to educate young people about the serious health risks associated with its use.

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Studies Focus on Acculturation and Hispanic Youth

February 2007
Summarizes a study that analyzes factors associated with the risk of drug addiction among 19- to 21-year-old Hispanic women born in the United States as compared with immigrants.

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Substance Abuse and Sexual Risk Show Town-Gown Divide

December 2009

Compares data on substance abuse and sexual risk among college students and their peers who do not attend college.

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Teen Substance Abuse Continues to Decline

March 2008

Reports on the prevalence of substance abuse among youth based on 2007 data from a national survey of behaviors, attitudes, and values.

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Teenage Marijuana Use Is on the Rise

March 2011

Reports 2010 rates of marijuana use among 8th, 10th, and 12th grade students, noting that daily use increased by more than 10 percent in all three grades since the 2009 survey. Also reports a rise in ecstasy use.

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Teens With Unhealthy Weight-Control Behavior Are More Likely to Abuse Drugs

December 2009

Highlights data on unhealthy eating behaviors, such as fasting or purging, and substance abuse problems among teens.

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Tobacco Smokers Have High Probability of Transition to Dependence

April 2012
First-time smokers have a much higher chance of eventually becoming dependent than first-time users alcohol, cannabis, and cocaine.

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United States Ranks First in Lifetime Use of Three Drugs

November 2009

Highlights the disproportionately high rate of Americans who have used cocaine at some time during their lives as compared with other nations surveyed.

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