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Teen drug use continues to decline, survey says

Published November 29, 2006


TALLAHASSEE - Teenage illegal drug use in Florida declined again this year, Gov. Jeb Bush said Tuesday, announcing the results of an annual survey of middle and high school students.

Heroin, ecstasy and LSD have declined in use, as well as cigarettes and alcohol, the most common substances of abuse among young people, the Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey found.

It was the fifth straight year that most types of drug use by Florida teens have dropped.

The survey showed nearly a third of the respondents used alcohol, 11.4 percent said they had used marijuana and 10.6 percent said they smoked cigarettes.

All other drug usage was negligible.

The survey assessed lifetime drug use and current use among sixth- through 12th-graders across the state.

"We have worked to strengthen substance abuse prevention, and we have seen significant progress," Bush said, but added that "the work is not done."

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