Researchers are sounding the alarm on the continued high use of marijuana by the nation's eighth, 10th and 12th graders -- along with a drop in perceptions of its potential harm.
Consider these key findings of the recently released Monitoring the Future study:
- 6.5 percent of high school seniors smoke marijuana daily and nearly
- 23 percent say they smoked it in the month prior to the survey.
- 41.7 percent of eighth graders see occasional marijuana use as harmful and 66.9 percent see regular use as harmful -- both the lowest rates since the survey began tracking data in 1991.
In a summary press release, the study's principal investigator, University of Michigan Professor Lloyd Johnston stated, "The nation's teenage drug problems are far from disappearing. We continue to see a number of new drugs coming onto the scene, like synthetic marijuana and 'bath
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