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There are several relevant risk factors that can determine the possibility of drug use/abuse for juveniles:
While reports of drug use/abuse regarding juveniles show a recent decline in overall use, the concern with juvenile use patterns (and related behavioral and societal difficulties) is being addressed on a national level. A 2006 Monitoring the Future study reported that 36.5 % of 12th graders reported use within the last year. 21.5% of that same group reported use over the past month. Other research reports that engagement in relational, youth activities appears to decrease the overall tendency of use/abuse patterns among juveniles.
|Sheri Ann Richerson|