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Preteen 'Pot' Use Doubles, Study Says

March 05, 1997|From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Marijuana use among U.S. preteens doubled in 1996, researchers reported at the kickoff of a new media blitz aimed at getting parents involved in the war against drugs. "Drugs can no longer be regarded as a teenage problem only," Ginna Marston of the Partnership for a Drug-Free America told a news conference. Citing the partnership's ninth annual study of U.S. drug use, Marston said marijuana use among pre-teenagers had increased from about 230,000 children in 1995 to 460,000 children in 1996.

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