Recent studies found that drinking and smoking pot is on the rise again among teenagers after a decline of nearly a decade. The annual survey conducted by The Partnership for a Drug-Free America found that the number of teens from grade 9 to grade 12 who reported using alcohol in the previous month had risen 11% to a total of 39% of teens or 6.5 million, and 25% of teens admitted to marijuana use, up from 19% in 2008.The study also discovered that the use of Ecstasy had risen from 4% to 6%.
Perhaps many adults will not find this alarming. I don't know how many friends, family and acquaintances I have who personally recount fondly their own drinking and pot smoking youths - though out of earshot of their teens. I don't buy into the theory of "gateway" drugs, the idea that alcohol and pot smoking will inevitably lead to experimentation and/or addiction to substances like cocaine or heroin, but I am fairly certain that the idea of "getting high" as an innocuous teen rite of passage isn't one of the better parenting theories out there.