New Survey Shows Rise in Teen Girls' Positive Views on Drug Use

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A new survey has reported alarming stats on teen girls and their perception of the benefits of drug and alcohol use. The study, conducted by the Partnership for a Drug-Free America and the MetLife Foundation shows that teen girls are view the "self-medicating" aspects from drugs more positively than ever before.

The 2009 survey polled 3,287 teenagers in grades nine through 12. The results showed that 68 percent of teen girls responded positively to the statement "using drugs helps kids deal with problems at home," up seven percent from 2008. The survey also said that 53 percent of teen girls claimed drugs help them forget their troubles, an increase from 48 percent in 2008.

"It's troubling to see that girls view illicit drug use as less dangerous than they previously did and are more likely to drink alcohol," Dennis White, president and CEO of the MetLife Foundation, said in a statement.
The study also showed that teen girls have increased their alcohol intake from 53 percent in 2008 to 59 percent in 2009. Past-year marijuana use also rose for girls, increasing by a whopping 29 percent. Do you think these statistics are representative of the people in your school? Or do the numbers sound way off? %Poll-48788%

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