Teens’ Use of Marijuana SpreadingApr 25th, 2011 | By admin | Category: News, News Briefs
Weed, grass, Mary Jane. All are nicknames for marijuana: an illegal substance greatly increasing in use throughout the United States.
According to a study conducted in Connecticut and published in the Journal of Addiction Medicine, about 40 percent of Connecticut high students have tried marijuana at least once.
While this trend may not be consistent throughout the rest of the nation, the research also showed that teenagers who participate in extracurricular activities, such as sports, volunteer or academic clubs, had a significantly lower chance of trying the drug.
Among the most likely users were juniors and seniors, as well as those students with grades at or below the B to C range.
The study also showed that engaging in risky behaviors such as fighting, gambling, drinking and using steroids was linked to higher risk of marijuana use.