I think everybody makes that “I won’t do drugs” promise to themselves, but I bet you’re a** got high! As the years go on I’m pretty sure that promise was shot to hell. When I was in high school, my friends and I never got high. I don’t believe it was until senior year that I really began to smoke weed. Why? Idk, all the cool kids were doing it. No seriously I took my first puff with my childhood crush. I was so young I thought it made us “closer” … silly girl. I was so “booted” and “stoned”. The “munchies” came out of no-where after a few hours. I went to the store and brought bags chips, and candy. I’m not even going to front, I was somewhat paranoid too, oh the good ole’ days. Who would have thought that tattoos, weed, and skate boarding would be so popular among teens these days? While surprisingly cigarettes and alcohol use among teens are at the lowest level in decades, but marijuana use is on the rise, according to a survey released Wednesday December 13, 2011.
Ø 19 % of high school seniors said they smoked cigarettes in the past month compared to a peak rate of 36.5 percent in the mid-1990s, results from the National Institutes of Health Monitoring the Future survey showed.
Ø Although alcohol remains popular among teens, rates of underage and binge drinking showed significant declines. Cigarette and alcohol usages by teens are at the lowest points since the first survey was taken in 1975.
Ø Marijuana use among teens rose in 2011 for the fourth straight year, and daily marijuana use is at a 30-year peak level among high school students.
Ø Nearly 47,000 students from 400 public and private schools were polled in classrooms earlier this year.
Ø Among 12th graders, 36.4 percent said they smoked marijuana in the past year and 6.6 percent reported daily use.
The 2011 survey for the first time included questions about use of synthetic marijuana, a blend of herbs and spices laced with chemicals and commonly branded Spice or K2. More than 11 percent of high school seniors reported using the synthetic substance in the past year, it found. Until recently, K2 and Spice were sold legally online, in gas stations and other shops. Earlier this year federal regulators banned some of the synthetic chemicals. Next year researchers said they expect to ask questions about bath salts, an increasingly popular street drug that mimics the effects of drugs like LSD or cocaine.
Ø “Monitoring the Future” is one of three major surveys used by federal health officials. Monitoring the Future is an annual survey of eighth, 10th and 12th graders conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan with funding from the National Institute on Drug Abuse.
words by Joya