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Latino Daily News

Thursday November 18, 2010

Drug Use on the Rise Amongst Hispanic Teenage Boys

According to the Office of National Drug Control Policy drug use amongst certain minority teen populations are at higher rates than other populations. 

Specifically drug use amongst Hispanic teenage boys rose by 9.2 percent in 2008 and rose again b y 12.8 percent in 2009.  Notable increases were also cited amongst black teenage girls ages 12 to 17, this minority population saw increases in use from 7.3 percent in 2008 up to 10.4 percent in 2009.

The overall teen drug use increased between 2008 and 2009 resulting in 1 out of 10 teens abusing drugs.  U.S. drug czar Gil Kerlikowske is urging more drug prevention outreach and parental involvement.