Federal officials are concerned that teenagers are abusing prescription medications and over-the-counter cold remedies even as their illegal drug use continued a decade-long decline in 2006, according to a government survey released yesterday.
Illegal drug use by teenagers has fallen 23 percent since 2001, but their use of prescription narcotics, tranquilizers and other medicines remains at relatively high levels, government investigators said.
What's more, researchers for the first time asked whether teens were using cough or cold medicines to get high and found reason for concern there too.
1. Do you believe that federal concern over the "relatively high level" of use of legal drugs by teenagers is warranted?
2. Does it surprise you that drug abuse has been on the decline for a decade?
3. Do you believe that laws against the use of marijuana or other drugs should be repealed?
Thank you in advance.