A Third of Teens Who Abuse Alcohol/Drugs Are Addicted

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) — A new study from the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse finds 1 in 3 high-schoolers who use drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes are addicted.

“We have younger kids using chemicals all the time,” local substance abuse counselor, Dan Duncan says. “Research is showing pretty clearly that the teen brain is particularly vulnerable to addiction.”

That’s why Duncan says it is critical for parents to talk with their middle and high school teens and know where they are and what they’re doing.

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