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Survey Says More Youths Saying No

When it comes to illicit drugs, the children of the ‘90s are saying “no” more and more often, according to NEA Today, the newspaper of the National Education Assn.

The number of 13-year-olds who have tried marijuana has declined 52% since 1987, while those trying cocaine has decreased by 69%. This news is from a survey of shoppers at 100 malls conducted for the Partnership for a Drug-Free America.

Among 17-year-olds, 18% are less likely to try marijuana, 33% are less likely to try cocaine today than in 1987.

Maybe most hopeful of all: Peer pressure is coming into play. The number of teens who strongly agree that people on drugs behave stupidly has increased 23% since 1987, and the number who don’t want to hang around drug users has risen from 54% to 64%.

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