Are teens ditching alcohol for cannabis? Study reveals major shifts in substance use

Are teens ditching alcohol for cannabis? Study reveals major shifts in substance use
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A 20-year US study points to major shifts in teenage substance use trends, with alcohol abuse declining while the consumption of cannabis edibles climbs. Adolescent cannabis abuse has increased 245% since 2000 in the US, according to a new study, while alcohol abuse has steadily declined over the same period. The national, peer-reviewed study tracked intentional substance misuse and abuse reported to the National Poison Data System (NPDS) over a 20-year period up until 2020. Findings, published in the peer-reviewed journal Clinical Toxicology, find over 338,000 instances of intentional substance abuse or misuse amongst American children aged 6-18. The majority of ingestions occurred in males (58.3%), and more than 80% of all reported exposure cases occurred in young people aged 13 to 18. In total, over 32% of instances resulted in ‘worse than minor clinical outcomes’. The new report demonstrates a change in patterns over time. Dextromethorphan was the most reported substance over the study period, however this peaked in 2006 and has decreased since. In addition, in 2000 the largest number of abuse cases involved exposure to ethanol, yet since then child alcohol abuse has also steadily declined over the years. Alcohol vs cannabis  Cannabis exposure cases remained relatively stable from 2000 to 2009, then steadily rose from 2011, with a more dramatic rise in cases from 2017 to 2020. Experts analysing the data attribute the rise in cannabis use to the increased popularity of edible cannabis products, now widely available across the country. “Ethanol abuse cases exceeded the number of marijuana cases every year from 2000 until 2013,” says Dr Adrienne Hughes, Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine at Oregon Health & Science University, one of the authors of the study. “Since 2014, marijuana exposure cases have exceeded ethanol cases every year, and by a greater amount each year…

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