The National Institute on Drug Abuse released a series of statistics including, "Daily Marijuana use increased among 8th, 10th, and 12th graders from 2009 to 2010. Among 12th graders it was at its highest point since the early 1980s, at 6.1 percent. This year, perceived risk of regular marijuana use also declined among 10th and 12th graders, suggesting future trends in use may continue upward. In addition, most measures of marijuana use increased among 8th graders between 2009 and 2010 (past year, past month, and daily), paralleling softening attitudes for the last 2 years about the risk of using marijuana. Marijuana use is now ahead of cigarette smoking on some measures (due to decreases in smoking and recent increases in marijuana use). In 2010, 21.4 percent of high school seniors used marijuana in the past 30 days, while 19.2 percent smoked cigarettes.Steady declines in cigarette smoking appear to have stalled in all three grades after several years of improvement on most measures." These are also horrifying statistics. I can't imagine that just over 20% of our high school's seniors have used marijuna in the past 30 days. I am strongly against such use and I am appalled to see such numbers.
The Gutt Macher Institute said on the topic of sexual activity, "Although only 13% of teens have ever had vaginal sex by age 15, sexual activity is common by the late teen years. By their 19th birthday, seven in 10 teens of both sexes have had intercourse. (Gutt Macher Institute received their information from the National Survey of Family Growth 2006–2008, Vital and Health Statistics, 2010, Series 23, No. 30.) My heart continues to grow heavier and heavier as I write this post because these three issues in teenagers are things I'm against. There is a slight glimmer of hope because Gutt Macher Institute also stated, "In 2006–2008, the most common reason that sexually inexperienced teens gave for not having had sex was that it was “against religion or morals” (42% among females and 35% among males). The second and third most common reasons for females were “don’t want to get pregnant” and “haven’t found the right person yet.” (Gutt Macher Institute received their information from the National Survey of Family Growth 2006–2008, Vital and Health Statistics, 2010, Series 23, No. 30.) Although I can not personally change the world, I can only hope that the startling statistics continue to change people's minds.