245% Increase in Abuse: Children Are Ditching Alcohol for Marijuana

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A new paper has revealed 338,727 instances of intentional misuse and abuse for children aged 6 to 18 years old.

A recent study published in the journal Clinical Toxicology has found that marijuana abuse among adolescents in the United States has increased 245% since 2000, while alcohol abuse has decreased over the same period.

The study, which tracked intentional misuse and abuse reported to the National Poison Data System (NPDS) until 2020, found 338,000 instances of intentional abuse or misuse among American children aged 6-18. The majority of these cases involved males (58.3%), and more than 80% of all reported cases occurred among teenagers aged 13 to 18. In total, over 32% of these instances resulted in “worse than minor clinical outcomes.”

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