Report: Drug use among teens is on the rise

February 21, 2010 17:56


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Drug abuse among teens aged 12-18 is on the rise, according to a report released Sunday by the Israeli Anti-Drug Association.

80,260 teens - 14.11 percent of students in Israel - admitted to inhaling mind-altering substances in the year 2009.

60,630 students - 10.66 percent - reported using illegal drugs in the past year (ecstasy, cannabis, speed, sleeping pills, GHB or sedatives). In a poll conducted several years previously, 55,000 students reported using such substances.

21,270 students admitted to smoking hash or marijuana.

2.66 percent of students consumed Ritalin without obtaining a prescription.

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