The people at Monitoring the Future have released a frightening, but not all that surprising survey on the spike in synthetic drug use by our teens.   According to the study 11.4% of the high school seniors had used the synthetic substances, often packed as potpourri or herbal incense and sold in convenience stores, which mimic the effects of marijuana.

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And while 40 states have banned the sale of these products, and the DEA has banned the chemicals used to produce these products, they remain readily available.   These synthetic products have taken the lives of many children.   And the use of marijuana has climbed again.

Marijuana remains the most popular drug among teens. Marijuana use increased for the fourth year in a row after a decade of decline. Nearly 7% of high school seniors report smoking marijuana daily, the survey found.

“It’s the highest rate we’ve seen in 30 years, so something is going on,” researcher Lloyd Johnston told the USA TODAY. He added that growing numbers of teens don’t see marijuana as dangerous.

“That’s a very bad indicator,” said Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. “Either we do something to change that, or we will continue to see increases.”

Gil Kerlikowske, director of the White House Office on National Drug Policy, attributed the gain with the state legalization of marijuana.

“We’re sending young people the wrong message when we call it medicine,” he said.

Half of high school seniors reported having tried an illicit drug at some time, 40% reported using one or more drugs in the past year, and a quarter said they had used one or more drugs in the past month, the survey found. Among 10th-graders, 38% said they had tried an illicit drug.

For more information on the facts released by the good people at Monitoring the Future, click HERE.

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