Wasted Youth

More students are starting to use drugs and sniff glue at an early age

The War on Drugs is not the kind of battle ever won outright, but rather refought with every new generation, even every fresh school class. A new survey of 50,000 American youngsters by researchers at the University of Michigan indicates that drug use seems to be steadily declining among high school students but finds, disturbingly, that the opposite is true among eighth-graders. The results indicate that in 1992, 9.5% of eighth-graders (up from 9% in a similar survey in 1991) used inhalants -- glue, nitrous oxide, solvents and other such volatile substances; 7.2% (up from 6.2%) smoked marijuana or hashish, and...

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