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Report: 55 Percent of Arrested Juveniles Tested Positive for Drugs

A report released Thursday also shows marijuana is the leading gateway drug.

A study released Thursday shows 55 percent of juveniles arrested in San Diego County in 2011 tested positive for illicit drugs.

The study, conducted by the San Diego Association of Governments, also revealed that 63 percent of adult females and 58 percent of adult males arrested tested positive.

“Those who abuse drugs also are often involved in other criminal activities, such as shoplifting, vandalism, and driving under the influence,” said SANDAG Director of Criminal Justice Research Cynthia Burke. “Therefore, it’s important to target prevention and intervention services to at-risk populations to reduce the harm they do to themselves and others.”

Other findings include:

  • Marijuana is the leading gateway drug—one in two youths reported that marijuana was the first substance they tried.
  • 94 percent of youths have tried marijuana.
  • 37 percent of juveniles and 42 percent of adults reported using prescription drugs illegally.
  • About 50 percent of juveniles reported they had tried ecstasy. One in four had used more than one hallucinogenic drug, and more than three-quarters of users reported ecstasy was “very easy” or “easy” to obtain.

 A total of 130 youths and a total of 776 adults were interviewed for the study. 

Click on the PDFs to read the study.

Ron Kirkish September 09, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Citizens of Carlsbad, Here is an article in today's newspaper from the Ultra-Liberal State of Mass. regarding the terrible trouble they are having with teen drug abuse (mostly marijuana). Again, sharing this article with others in your community would be greatly appreciated. Growing drug problem is being addressed at high schools By Steven A. Rosenberg Globe Staff / September 9, 2012 http://www.boston.com/news/local/massachusetts/2012/09/08/growing-drug-problem-being-addressed-high-schools/aag1OD30beTb15YAHckDBN/story.html Excerpt: "Blodgett and other district attorneys and educators said marijuana has steadily become more popular among teens since the law was eased in 2009, no longer penalizing possession of small amounts of marijuana with jail time. The law now calls for a fine for those found in possession of an ounce or less. “I really believe the decriminalization of marijuana sent the wrong message to kids. It said you can get away with it, and I believe it is a gateway drug,” said James Antonelli, principal of Westford Academy, a public school. “The use of marijuana in this adolescent community is pervasive.” Antonelli said he opposed the decriminalization, and earlier this year he initiated a bill filed by state Representative James Arciero that called for a $1,000 fine and a loss of a driver’s license for youths caught in a car with any amount of marijuana."
Ron Kirkish September 09, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Citizens of Carlsbad, Here is what Libi's precious plant from God does to the human: Title: High Potency and Synthetic Marijuana Pose Real Dangers in First Weeks of Pregnancy ScienceDaily (Aug. 15, 2012) — Marijuana is up to 20 times more potent than it was 40 years ago and most pregnant women who use the drug are totally unaware that it could harm their unborn child before they even know they are pregnant. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/08/120815103000.htm Writing in the journal Drug Testing and Analysis, American researcher's state the argument that marijuana is a harmless drug is no longer valid due to the emergence of 'high potency' marijuana and synthetic marijuana which pose a potential real threat for pregnant women. Recent research from the past 5 years has shown that marijuana exposure during pregnancy has been associated with anencephaly (born w/o a brain), a non-sustaining life condition where a large part of the skull or brain is absent, neurobehavioral deficiencies, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning disabilities and memory impairment in toddlers and 10 year olds, as well as neuropsychiatric conditions, including depression, aggression and anxiety, in teens. As Citizens of Carlsbad, I have to ask, is this really what you want in your community?
Spiderwoman September 10, 2012 at 03:24 PM
Keep advocating, Doug! Our children deserve and need our protection!!!
Ron Kirkish September 10, 2012 at 07:53 PM
Citizens of Carlsbad, Here is another article in today's news that shows you the terrible and destructive damage that Libi's precious plant causes the human. Marijuana use may increase risk of testicular cancer: study September 10, 2012 http://medicalxpress.com/news/2012-09-marijuana-testicular-cancer.html A new study from the University of Southern California (USC) has found a link between recreational marijuana use and an increased risk of developing subtypes of testicular cancer that tend to carry a somewhat worse prognosis. Published early online in Cancer, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society, the findings suggest that the potential cancer-causing effects of marijuana on testicular cells should be considered not only in personal decisions regarding recreational drug use, but also when marijuana and its derivatives are used for therapeutic purposes in young male patients. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer diagnosed in young men ages 15 to 45 years.
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