Cigarette and alcohol use among teens – 3
Narrator: This is NIH Health Matters. I’m Joe Balintfy. Despite declines in alcohol and cigarette use by teens, use of marijuana has shown some increases in recent years and remains steady. Dr. Nora Volkow, an institute director at the NIH points out that 6.6 percent of 12th graders report smoking marijuana daily – that's one in 15 high school seniors.
Volkow: And knowing that marijuana intoxication interferes with the ability to learn and memorize, one can clearly predict that these very high rates of daily consumption are going to be associated with an impaired educational performance.
Narrator: The 2011 Monitoring the Future Survey also shows high levels of prescription drug abuse. For details, visit www.drugabuse.gov. Health Matters is produced by the NIH, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
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