Drugs: Following a Trend

Following a Trend

The statistics are nothing to celebrate: 58% of high school seniors admit to having tried illegal drugs at least once. But the percentage of students experimenting with illicit drugs actually dropped last year -- as it has every year but one since 1978. That encouraging news comes from the twelfth annual survey on teenage drug use conducted by the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research.

Illicit drug use by teenagers last year was 3% lower than in 1985. The ! number of students using cocaine showed a modest overall decline, though frequency of use -- especially of crack -- has...

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