Report: 1 in 10 NH Kids Use Marijuana

By Joe Gullo

Published 01/20 2014 10:55AM

Updated 01/20 2014 10:58AM

CONCORD, N.H. - The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services released a report, Marijuana Use in New Hampshire, outlining the use of marijuana in the state.

According to a report by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) about one in ten adolescents (9.6%) reporting regular use of marijuana.

“This is a disturbing finding,” said New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Drug and Alcohol Services Director Joe Harding. “It is an alarming rate and well above the U.S. average of 7.6% of 12 to 17 year olds nationally reporting regular marijuana use. This underscores the need for us to collaborate with not only our partners in the field, but also businesses, law enforcement, the medical field, and schools to implement proven strategies to prevent youth use of marijuana.”

New Hampshire has one of the highest rates of marijuana use in the past month among 12 to 17 year olds. The NSDUH report found that more than one in four 18 to 25 year olds in the state (26.0%) report having used marijuana at least once in the prior month.

The New Hampshire legislature is debating a bill that would decriminalize small amounts of marijuana.

For more information and resources on marijuana use in New Hampshire visit www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bdas/, www.drugfreenh.org, and www.nhcenterforexcellence.org.

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