U.S. teen births down, early drug use up
July 6th, 2011
06:34 PM ET

U.S. teen births down, early drug use up

New statistics from the annual report on America’s children and their well-being point to some good news and bad news when it comes to the health of our kids.

The report, which is a compilation of statistics from numerous organizations, found that births to adolescents declined for the second consecutive year in the U.S. A drop in the adolescent birth rate, from 21.7 per 1,000 girls ages 15 to 17 (2008) to 20.1 per 1,000 (2009, preliminary data) was reported.

And the preterm births declined for the third consecutive year, with a drop in the proportion of infants born before 37 weeks, from 12.3 percent (2008) to 12.2 percent (2009, preliminary data).

“It is reassuring to see continued declines in the preterm birth rate and adolescent birth rate,” said Dr. Alan E. Guttmacher, director of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. Guttmacher noted although the numbers were promising, the federal government did not identify reasons for the declines.

The report also noted that adolescent injury deaths have also declined, with a drop in injury-related deaths among teens ages 15-19 from 44 per 100,000 (2008, preliminary data) to 39 per 100,000 (2009, preliminary data). That number includes teenage driving deaths. When asked if new state teenage driving laws had anything to do with these numbers, Guttmacher could not speculate. “I think it’s a number of things, “he said. “We’ve also seen fewer 12th-graders binge drinking. It could be a number of factors.”

The report, known as America’s Children: Key National Indicators of Well-Being 2011, looks at statistics ranging from cases of asthma in children to their test scores in math. It was compiled by the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, a working group of 22 federal agencies that collect, analyze, and convey data on issues pertaining to children birth to 18 and their families. The report uses the most recently available major federal statistics on children and youth to measure family and social environment, economic circumstances, health care, physical environment and safety, behavior, education, and health.

But there was a flip side to the positive numbers. The report also found a rise in the proportion of eighth-graders who reported using illicit drugs in the past 30 days, from 8 percent (2009) to 10 percent (2010) And more children were likely to live in poverty, and fewer children were likely to live with at least one parent working year round, full time.

“This report documents some significant changes in several key areas,” said Edward Sondik, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics “This annual report is an important tool to monitor the well being of our nation’s children,” said Sondik. "Each area we report on is critical to our youth”

This year’s report also included a section on adoption. According to the data, adoption is preferred by parents to alternatives such as long-term foster care, group homes, emergency shelters, or orphanages. The report also noted that although most adopted children thrive, children who are adopted, particularly those adopted beyond the first months of life, experience disruptions in parenting that can have long-standing implications for their development and well-being.

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  1. Emelia Kanson

    Good to know those rates are dropping.

    July 6, 2011 at 19:18 | Report abuse | Reply
    • inforodeo

      Lower numbers of teen births = abortions went up more (keep in mind, they aren't saying "teen pregnancies")

      Basically abortions are up, drug use is up ... this really isn't good news.

      July 6, 2011 at 23:00 | Report abuse |
    • hankers

      inforodeo, you just can't make up the news! Nowhere in the report it talks about abortions. Just the facts please.

      July 6, 2011 at 23:23 | Report abuse |
    • someGuy


      can we get a citation? The cdc hasn't released the abortion report in a couple years, however their latest report shows pregnancy, abortion and birth rates. They have steadily gone down in the past 2 decades, from 91 to 2009 all 3 rates are at their lowest.


      July 7, 2011 at 02:41 | Report abuse |
    • r

      both are good news actually. drug-use is not bad (most of the time)...death by drug-use is down (citation needed)

      July 7, 2011 at 08:06 | Report abuse |
    • Chr

      Bahah the CDC gathers those numbers? I guess children are a disease.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:43 | Report abuse |
    • Michael

      So teens are using condoms and having more fun! Man they didn't have this stuff around when I was a kid, no fair!

      July 7, 2011 at 19:00 | Report abuse |
  2. Chris

    If it is cannabis that is making the increase drug use numbers, then the important fact is drinking is DOWN among teenagers. That is an inverse correlation I think everyone can live with!

    July 6, 2011 at 19:22 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Denizen Kate

      Thank you, yes, that's absolutely correct. Although the article doesn't state exactly which drugs kids are using, I have hope that it is cannabis, and that they are using it instead of alcohol. Perhaps that also factors into the decrease in teen deaths? One can hope. Alcohol is the most dangerous drug to which our children are exposed, and it's legal. Go figure.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:42 | Report abuse |
  3. lanren's night

    If it is cannabis that is increasing the drug use numbers, then we will see more mental illness, more cognitive changes to a teenagers brain, and there will be an increase in driving accidents caused by driving under the influence of marijuana. And this is something none of us can. live with. See the facts on the connection to mental illness, not all teens will develop it but it can accelerate psychosis as it is a psychoactive drug.

    July 6, 2011 at 21:26 | Report abuse | Reply
    • proy

      Yea cause everyone gets stoned and then gets into a car crash. Post something factual will ya?

      July 6, 2011 at 22:53 | Report abuse |
    • moke spot

      Right, would be so much better if we could get the docs to put them all on Ritalin. You're an idiot.

      July 6, 2011 at 23:01 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Correlation does not equal causation, those studies did not prove anything. Many people with mental illness smoke cannabis from early on as a way to self medicate.... You really think you can't say the same about booze.

      July 6, 2011 at 23:46 | Report abuse |
    • sharky


      Fact, the human brain is not fully developed till someone is in their mid 20's around 25 years of age. You start using drugs and alcohol at an early age 1) that will start causing harm to the undeveloped brain and 2) that will increase chances of addictions.

      Happy now.

      July 7, 2011 at 00:08 | Report abuse |
    • someGuy

      Well I just looked this up on wikipedia for whatever that's worth, probably take some time to look at some more credible sources later but it says that cannabis increases chances for schizophrenia and psychosis but it also says

      "On the other hand, cannabis use has increased dramatically over the past few decades but declined in the last decade, whereas the rate of psychosis has not increased. This suggests that a direct causal link is unlikely for all users.[52]"

      So if that's true then there are other factors involved in this. Correlation is not the same as causation.

      In the end though this article says teenage drinking is down, if we're exchanging drinking for cannabis then it's a good trade. Still not ideal of course, but car accidents for example are much less common with marijuana than alcohol. There are alot of reasons why marijuana isn't as bad as far as driving under the influence goes but speaking from experience alcohol has a much greater effect when it comes to risk assessment. Most of my high school buddies were more afraid of getting hurt when high on marijuana, their risk assessment was intact. Usually wanting to do something relaxing like watch a movie or eat, listen to music or other low key type activities. A drunk person is much more of a loose cannon and it effects the senses to a much higher degree.

      Another thing to take into account is you can overdose on alcohol, marijuana as far as illegal drugs go it is the least harmful by far. It's not even known if a person can die from marijuana alone, in most cases of death with marijuana involved it was a combination of other drugs or medical conditions, but if you can die from marijuana then it is extremely difficult to do so and in human history marijuana is never been recorded to have caused a single death. Aspirin kills hundreds of people a year.

      Here's an article I found about annual causes of death in the US, not sure how credible it is, found it through google. The quotes are cited however.


      In it they say a person would have to consume 15,000 lbs of marijuana in about 15 minutes to die from it.
      Again dunno how credible this particular article is, but honestly everyone says the same thing. Never known to have been the direct, sole cause of a death, ever.

      Another thing to note is the cartel related deaths on this cite. The cartels main cash crop is marijuana. It's easy to grow and harvest, easy to sell since so many americans use it and since you can grow so much at once the profit margins are through the roof. An good way to combat this is make it legal in the united states. The cartels would have to make money on other more difficult ventures and it would reduce their revenues by quite a bit. You ask me they should make it legal here and tax it. The tax revenue at first I think should be used to help combat the cartels in the beginning since another area that they make alot of money in is human trafficking and would probably fall back on it to try and make up lost profit. But that seems like a riskier venture on their part and they would be easier to root out.

      This is money that is being circulated in the US that we are not making any tax dollars off of. I remember when they had the marijuana bill in california there were growers that went out and voted no, because they make alot of money off the stuff. The stuff isn't nearly as harmful as virtually everything else out there, including alcohol, tobacco and prescription drugs, there is no legitimate reason why we as a country can't take advantage of this underground economy which at the moment is benefiting the cartel who are responsible for some pretty horrible crimes. Personally I think it would also reduce the element of it being a gateway drug. You don't hear that term used with alcohol very often, and it's because you buy alcohol at the store not from a drug dealer. It's a gateway drug that leads to chips and soda because those are the other products available at the store. The other products available at your drug dealer could be maybe nothing else, many don't sell anything other than marijuana. Or they could be cocaine or worse. Depends who you go to. Also there is the past learning experience of prohibition. People drank more, because it became dangerous to drink. Marijuana could be very much the same. I wouldn't be surprised if at first after legalization rates went up because of the initial excitement, then after a time people became bored of it and rates went down and leveled out.

      As far as psychosis goes drugs like mushrooms or LSD are something to fear, but not very common. The psychoactive properties in marijuana do not even compare. Only when eating large amounts of marijuana have I ever known someone to hallucinate, even then it doesn't come close to mushrooms. The most you ever get out of smoking is some auditory hallucinations which are usually just mishearing an actual noise.

      I've been looking around trying to find some cited statistics as far as cancer rates from marijuana and haven't had much luck yet. That's all over the place, some people say for people who only smoke marijuana the rates are a fraction of what tobacco is, others say they're much worse. So not positive on that one, anyone with some cited statistics or facts feel free to post them.

      Funny thing about that though is even if they are as bad or worse you can't really use that as a reason to keep marijuana illegal since tobacco is legal. And I'd bet they aren't as bad just considering the fact that there are so many additives in cigarettes these days, the most you get with weed is pesticides which are pretty harmful. Thing about that is the marijuana with pesticide is usually grown by the cartel or other more criminally oriented type growers. Your local grower next door is growing indoors and doesn't need it. Most of the marijuana from northern california does not have pesticides for similar reasons. Southern cal you get the cartel element again, as stated above you make it legal that element is taken out. With it legal the government can regulate the pesticides or at the very least you can decide as a consumer who to go to, make sure you get pesticide free herb.

      As far as the addictive element of marijuana it is mostly emotional addiction. It is pretty easy to break when you want to, withdrawals aren't anything like alcohol or other drugs. It doesn't have the same chemically addictive element that nicotine or other addictive substances have. It does to a certain extent, but again it is minimal in comparison.

      In comparison to alcohol or even tobacco the long term effects of marijuana on society are going to be unnoticeable by most people. Whereas meth for example, I grew up with the effects of that all around me. Luckily where I live the key ingredient for it went prescription-only so the manufacture and use of meth here is almost completely gone. Good work on that one, hope the rest of the country follows suit there. Meth is horrible horrible stuff.

      Anyway, long story short: Marijuanas negative effects are tame and not very common, worst thing we're going to see out of this is more people without much ambition or motivation, we can do worse. Thanks for reading.

      July 7, 2011 at 00:17 | Report abuse |
    • greg

      @proy if that is what you are concerned about then you should not be allowed to drink either, hypocrite

      July 7, 2011 at 01:05 | Report abuse |
    • Laine2001

      I did read an article in the PubMed database that confirms what you are saying about increased mental illness. The main point of the research is that irreversable neurocognitive deficits occur in teens who use cannabis, especially before the age of 15. Some of the teenagers in church spoke about it on Senior Sunday a few weeks ago and said they just meant to experiment once with marijuana, but they liked the way it made them feel so they continued to have bouts of quitting and seeking out the drug again. All the while they spoke about the pain they caused their families over their drug use and the car wreck where they were high and hit another car. While I agree that alchohol intoxication does result in many tragic events, Marijuana really is a big problem too and not just innocent recreational fun.

      July 7, 2011 at 05:16 | Report abuse |
    • BXG

      That's not what the science about marijuana would indicate. Marijuana does not cause mental illness, and has only loosely been related to psychosis. Studies have also shown that it has no effect on driving ability. I'm not surprised that these myths are propagated like this, people are lazy and don't do the research.

      Also, drug prohibition is what is CAUSING this increase. In Portugal, drug use was legalized, and use among kids is dropping rapidly. Drug dealers don't ask for IDs.

      July 7, 2011 at 07:37 | Report abuse |
    • SQLCH82


      your argument is a slippery slope... and baseless – like lanren's. Perhaps the ONE article you've read may have contained SOME information to support your idea but we can't know without any citation information. On the other hand, the rest of the stuff you talk about is just nonsense. You might as well be making an analogy with Jerry Springer examples...

      July 7, 2011 at 07:50 | Report abuse |
    • You Dumb

      Please inform yourself on marijuana.......oh, and Wikipedia is NOT a valid source! The fact you even wasted the time copying all that "information" while acknowledging the lack of credibility of Wikipedia is laughable.

      July 7, 2011 at 09:21 | Report abuse |
    • Noah

      What? Where are your stats on this statement? Citations?

      July 7, 2011 at 09:55 | Report abuse |
    • tibs

      I think you need to take a few tokes and relax... marijuana has never been causally linked to anything other than the ACCELERATION of mental disorders like schizophrenia and the like... it means you need to have already had/developed the disease for weed to even come into play. Honestly, given the choice between keeping alcohol and tobacco (both known carcinogens) legalized or legalizing weed the choice is fairly obvious and scientifically sound.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:12 | Report abuse |
    • not bob

      "If it is cannabis that is increasing the drug use numbers, then we will see more mental illness": You must mean more reasons to treat every single teenager with psychoactive drugs like Adderal and Ritalin ? The ADHD drug abuse pushed on kids is 100 times worse than any measurable result of smoking pot.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:17 | Report abuse |
    • Trendsetter

      I must concur with your opinion. Furthermore, with increasing numbers of teens electing to use drugs, including marijuana, the numbers of those who demonstrate aggravated psychosis as a result will increase as well. Unfortunately, even one such individual can have a devastating impact on the lives of his family members and those within the community. If people want to legalize drugs, I'm all for it–provided they undergo voluntary sterilization and never receive one penny from government services. We don't need more and more deadbeats further draining the economy because they are "unmotivated" to contribute, nor should our tax dollars be required to provide for them and their disordered children when they are thrust into the school system. Bottom line–people should have the freedom to be stupid; however, they should not be allowed to burden others who make better decisions.

      July 7, 2011 at 14:52 | Report abuse |
    • bsitz

      Actually, marijuana only increases psychosis in people who were already mental problems. Educate yourself, try watching the program "Should I Smoke Dope", tons of leading medical professionals speaking the truth.

      Once people stop screaming that pot is the devil drug that causes all these problems. And once these people stop screaming its a wonder drug. Then we can finally get down to what it truly is...neither of the above.

      July 7, 2011 at 16:14 | Report abuse |
    • Laine2001

      I recieved a request to cite my sources that support my assertions:

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21628706 – Cannabis use before age 15 and subsequent executive functioning
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11879109 – Cognitive functioning of long-term heavy cannabis users seeking treatment.
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17454021 – The relationship between non-acute adolescent cannabis use and cognition.
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15925403 – Cognitive consequences of cannabis use: comparison with abuse of stimulants and heroin with regard to attention, memory and executive functions.
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21642783 – Cannabis Use and Traffic Injuries.

      July 7, 2011 at 18:30 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      "There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics."
      – Mark Twain

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21628706 - “First, the
      cross-sectional study design does not allow us to make any
      conclusions about causality.”
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11879109 – “These results do not indicate a severe
      memory problem”
      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17454021 - “The Primary School measures
      obtained in this study were retrospective self-report
      for functioning three to 10 years earlier and their
      validity may be questionable. Additionally, other drug
      use, that was minimal in this sample, may affect

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15925403 – “To date the result of different studies
      indicates that cannabis-associated cognitive deficits are
      reversible and related to recent cannabis exposure”

      http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21642783 - Perhaps the most important limitation
      of our study is the small number
      of cases, which led to somewhat
      imprecise RR estimates. We also did
      not measure concurrent exposure to cannabis
      and driving (effective exposure) during
      the control period”

      July 7, 2011 at 19:38 | Report abuse |
    • Laine2001

      I performed a biased research review since I'm a judgemental, self-righteous, pot-head hater. That being said, I would be the first one in line if I needed it for medicinal purposes and was using it under the supervision of a clinician.

      July 8, 2011 at 03:54 | Report abuse |
  4. Ryan

    I'm pretty sure the kid on the far left is high.

    July 6, 2011 at 22:52 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Mojo

      Ryan – you made me laugh out loud!

      July 6, 2011 at 23:44 | Report abuse |
    • Hodad_McRasta

      Yes, but she doesn't factor into the statistics mentioned in the article because she's not high on "illicit" drugs. She just did a line of ritalin and a shot of tequila.

      July 7, 2011 at 05:12 | Report abuse |
  5. 420

    poke smot

    July 6, 2011 at 22:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • greg


      July 7, 2011 at 01:06 | Report abuse |
    • Chartreuxe

      Smoke pot? Is that what you were attempting to write?

      July 7, 2011 at 13:27 | Report abuse |
  6. Really?

    "But there was a flip side to the positive numbers. The report also found a rise in the proportion of eighth-graders who reported using illicit drugs in the past 30 days"

    But what"illicit" drugs? If they are talking about pot, then the rest of the report makes more sense, doesn't it?

    July 6, 2011 at 23:02 | Report abuse | Reply
  7. Heliocracy

    The lesson here? Drugs prevent teen births. Just another reason to legalize pot.

    July 6, 2011 at 23:05 | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Truth

    The poster above should smoke some good weed after a hard days work and realize it is harmless. Children are better off smoking weed than drinking. It does not effect ones ability to make rational decisions regarding their own safety or the safety of those around them. That is all, good night.

    July 6, 2011 at 23:06 | Report abuse | Reply
    • sharky

      And biology and anatomy had truly eluded you now hasn't it.

      July 7, 2011 at 00:11 | Report abuse |
  9. I don't know

    This is good and bad just as the article says. I understand people smoking pot and have no problem with it but when it becomes a daily thing and interferes with your ability to function as a person thats scary. I fear a day where America turns into a stoner nation of incompetent people who can't defend themselves.

    July 6, 2011 at 23:28 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris

      The netherlands is far more educated then the united states. Go look it up, math and science scores and see where we stand. And, btw so are many of the other countries that have decriminalized cannabis. You my friend have been brainwashed.

      July 6, 2011 at 23:49 | Report abuse |
    • sharky


      Guess what "genius" the Netherlands have cracked down on the pot purchases by foreigners BECAUSE it is being abused too much. The Netherlands are making it a permanent resident or citizen only purchase from the "coffee shops." And obviously little do you even know weed is becoming more potent given the growers are mixing strains.

      July 7, 2011 at 00:10 | Report abuse |
    • Ryan

      You might not like to hear this, but America is already a stoner nation. Hooboy is this medical weed good 😀

      July 7, 2011 at 00:54 | Report abuse |
    • greg

      @i dont know, you are uneducated, what makes you believe 360 million americans will all of a sudden become potheads? get real dude

      July 7, 2011 at 01:08 | Report abuse |
    • someGuy


      Those foreigners they're trying to keep out of their stash are Americans. If it were legal here people would be really excited at first, then after awhile they would get bored with pot and usage rates would go down. It's kind of like an 18 year old kid, beer is awesome, they want it whenever they can get it. Then they hit 21 and many drink constantly. After awhile though inevitably they end up just drinking a beer or two here or there with a friend. Get bored with it.

      July 7, 2011 at 02:46 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      "obviously little do you even know weed is becoming more potent given the growers are mixing strains.".... Hahahaha, greatest blind fearful statement ever, why is better cannabis a bad thing? If anything that just makes it healthier as you need to use less. And, anyone who uses the plant knows its getting better 😉

      July 7, 2011 at 10:09 | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      ANYTHING that becomes a daily thing and interferes with your life is bad thing, be it pot, alcohol, FACEBOOK, etc etc
      It's not the SUBSTANCES fault, but the PERSONS.
      Personal Responsibility, the GOP says they're for it, until they have to vote on it, and then it's their way or jail...

      July 7, 2011 at 10:55 | Report abuse |
  10. evensteven

    It's good to know that the hundreds of billions of dollars we've been using for the War on Drugs is well spent. Way to go guys! I'll buy you a beer . . .

    July 6, 2011 at 23:41 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chris

      You can watch us spend billions right here:

      July 7, 2011 at 10:19 | Report abuse |
  11. Ichi

    The article is about teen pregnancy, but why are there tweens and ten year olds on the picture?

    July 7, 2011 at 00:20 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chartreuxe

      The editor/blogger was stoned? [joking]

      July 7, 2011 at 13:29 | Report abuse |
  12. greg

    oh yeah, lets keep supporting that failed drug war hahaha

    July 7, 2011 at 01:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  13. mcmxl8

    Abortions aren't mentioned in the article because the liberals don't want to bring up the subject. With the loosening of abortion laws, more teens are having abortions. This drives down the birth rate. Also not mentioned was pregnancy rate. We aren't supposed to know all the facts. If we did, the liberals would be exposed.

    July 7, 2011 at 01:04 | Report abuse | Reply
    • greg

      the world is over populated as it is, i dont care what your fony balony god says, the fact that less children are getting pregnant is a good thing!

      July 7, 2011 at 01:10 | Report abuse |
    • Sugartaste81

      There is no "loosening" of abortion laws-if anything, they have gotten way more restrictive in the past 10 years . 24 hour waits, required ultrasounds, etc.. Did it ever occur to you that maybe more teens are simply using more birth control than before?

      July 7, 2011 at 01:39 | Report abuse |
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      "Exposed"? As what? People who think women are capable of deciding for themselves whether or not they wish to remain pregnant?

      Guess what? I don't care! If a teenaged girl becomes pregnant, and doesn't want to remain so, I believe it's none of your business.

      July 7, 2011 at 08:14 | Report abuse |
  14. dx2718

    Why do they measure teen births by measuring births to mothers age 15-17? What about 12, 13, 14-year-olds? And 18-year-olds who are still in high school and not yet married?

    July 7, 2011 at 01:32 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alyssa

      18 year old are adults, and it doesn't matter if they're in high school or unmarried. Regarding why they don't give us statistics for under 15 years old, I would imagine it's because the vast majority of underage pregnancies occur in 15 to 17 year old girls. The under 15 year old rate is probably noise.

      July 7, 2011 at 09:02 | Report abuse |
  15. someone

    I guarantee the most used are depression and weight loss supplements.

    July 7, 2011 at 01:40 | Report abuse | Reply
    • dx2718

      Neither of those would count under "illicit drug use." I'm pretty sure they're talking specifically about illegal drugs. Pot, shrooms, heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, maybe alcohol (since they're under 21), probably not cigarettes.

      July 7, 2011 at 02:04 | Report abuse |
  16. elle

    Looks like the war on drugs is a colossal failure. Maybe they can do away with the DEA when the USA defaults on our bills in August.

    July 7, 2011 at 02:53 | Report abuse | Reply
  17. SAM

    Hey they forgot the biggest Killer,ALCOHOL........

    July 7, 2011 at 03:13 | Report abuse | Reply
  18. SAM

    And hey,Its not passive SMOKE PEOPLE......Its ALCOHOL and drugs which you can consume and buy anyhwere

    July 7, 2011 at 03:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  19. SAM

    Youth violence In Israel, 11–16 year olds who
    reported both drinking five or more
    drinks per occasion and having ever
    been drunk were twice as likely to be
    a perpetrator of bullying, five times as
    likely to be injured in a fight and six
    times as likely to carry a weapon (33).
    In the USA, victims of violence during
    adolescence report higher levels of
    alcohol consumption in later life (34).

    July 7, 2011 at 03:17 | Report abuse | Reply
  20. SAM

    ocial problems resulting from the experience of violence often affect victims’
    relationships with family, friends and future intimate partners (76), as well as
    their ability to work or attend school (76,77). Children who witness violence, or
    threats of violence, between their parents are more likely to develop emotional and
    behavioural problems during childhood (78) and heavy drinking patterns or alcohol
    dependency later in life (79), increasing their risk of becoming perpetrators
    of violence. A high prevalence of alcohol-related violence within a community can
    also affect quality of life, reducing community cohesion, increasing fear of crime
    and preventing people from visiting places associated with disorder

    July 7, 2011 at 03:19 | Report abuse | Reply
  21. Hodad_McRasta

    What's more important than these drug and pregnancy figures is the fact that the kid who's photobombing from the background in the lower left is a vampire.

    July 7, 2011 at 05:14 | Report abuse | Reply
  22. Tammy

    I always wonder how much the alcohol companies pay to keep alcohol out of these studies? I just gliimpsed over the article but analyzed the comments and here is my take:

    Teen Birth rates down, abortions up, driving accidents down, pot use up and all thanks to liberals.

    July 7, 2011 at 07:50 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Alyssa

      You're welcome.

      July 7, 2011 at 09:03 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      And that is bad for our population why?

      July 7, 2011 at 09:56 | Report abuse |
  23. Tammy

    Somehow I think this report is still saddening to social conservative theocrat fascist republicans. If it were up to them the article would read the following: Drug use down, Church going up, Abstinence up, drinking in moderation, driving is better, everyone is college educated and working for minimum wage, God Bless America.

    July 7, 2011 at 07:54 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rach

      Last time I checked, not everyone believed in god... and to teach abstinence is denying children the knowledge they absolutely need to know about their own bodies. So no, that wouldn't happen. Sorry. I'd like to think even Republicans realize their views aren't the only ones. Maybe for once, this country would make laws based on the people's decision directly, and not through representatives. Then we'd see what the people of this country REALLY think.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:04 | Report abuse |
  24. Larry

    So what you're saying, based on the headline, is that kids today are too stoned to screw.

    July 7, 2011 at 08:00 | Report abuse | Reply
  25. Mike

    The pharmaceuticals wring their hands over cannabis use,
    but insist there is no problem pumping your kids full of Ritalin, Adderall, Dexarine, Methylin, Focalin, Effexor, Wellbutrin, Vyvanse, Metadate, Concerta, ad infinitum.
    I am way more scared of kids pumped full of these synthetic pills than smoking dried flowers.

    July 7, 2011 at 08:12 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tom, Tom, the Piper's Son

      Can you produce any evidence that pharmaceutical companies are afraid that pot will be legalized? Go right ahead.

      Your simple-minded nonsense concerning medications prescribed by doctors renders your opinions worthless.

      July 7, 2011 at 08:16 | Report abuse |
  26. Kotenks

    The reason the births are down is because the illicit drugs are killing the babies

    July 7, 2011 at 08:16 | Report abuse | Reply
    • ManiacalShen

      If there were babies around to kill, then drugs killing babies wouldn't affect the BIRTH rate... but if you meant that illicit drugs are killing fetuses, I'm going to have to remain skeptical over here. That's a pretty bold statement. If it's true, you should add a citation that lends credence to the claim.

      July 7, 2011 at 08:30 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Here is some actual science:
      Prenatal Marijuana Exposure and Neonatal Outcomes in Jamaica:
      An Ethnographic Study
      Melanie C. Dreher, PhD; Kevin Nugent, PhD; and Rebekah Hudgins, MA

      Measurements and main results. Exposed and nonexposed neonates were compared at 3 days and 1 month old, using the Brazelton Neonatal Assessment Scale, including supplementary items to capture possible subtle effects. There were no significant differences between exposed and nonexposed neonates on day 3. At 1 month, the exposed neonates showed better physiological stability and required less examiner facilitation to reach organized states. The neonates of heavy-marijuana-using mothers had better scores on autonomic stability, quality of alertness, irritability, and self-regulation and were judged to be more rewarding for caregivers.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:13 | Report abuse |
  27. Rich

    sounds like a good trade off.

    July 7, 2011 at 08:18 | Report abuse | Reply
  28. ManiacalShen

    Well, good. I'd rather dumb or disadvantaged teens screw up their own lives. It's much better than bringing a new life into the world that doesn't have a chance.

    July 7, 2011 at 08:32 | Report abuse | Reply
  29. boka

    There is nothing wrong with Teens getting abortions. An unwanted baby that is birthed will have many problems in their lives, will cause problems for the mother and cause problems for society. Abortions are necessary!

    July 7, 2011 at 09:05 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chartreuxe

      Birth control is necessary. Abortion should be legal, safe and rare. Birth control does fail sometimes and needs to be backed up by abortion. In addition, some women are NOT meant to be mothers, ever. When they have babies and aren't ready the children pay the price. [cough] Casey Anthony [cough]

      The planet is stressed with an overpopulation of human beings. We outnumber rats. The oceans are overfished and may be unable to recover. The ground in most areas is full of toxins. The rain is acid and has killed lakes and forests in the US and Canada. There's lead, mercury and antimony in all our drinking water along with other heavy metals. It's in the ocean and all the fish, too.

      My Christian God is the same as yours, and there are rules in the Bible about taking care of the environment. 'Love thy neighbor as thyself' pretty much covers it all. Wouldn't that mean don't put poison in his water or in his land or in his air?

      Seems like that rule isn't being followed very well by people who are claiming to be Christin in what they're claiming is a 'Christian nation.' In every closed environment there are limits and this planet is a closed environment. We live on Starship Terra and she's long since reached her limit in population. We're about to be boned unless change happens and soon.

      July 7, 2011 at 13:47 | Report abuse |
  30. Bart Fargo

    I wonder if rising drug use is the reason for the decrease in teen pregnancies...too stoned to screw?

    July 7, 2011 at 10:10 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Chartreuxe

      Thanks for the laugh, dude, that was funny.

      July 7, 2011 at 13:34 | Report abuse |
  31. Jimmyjam048

    Sure, pot won't kill you. It just makes you stupid.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:21 | Report abuse | Reply
    • boka

      Grow up Jim.

      July 7, 2011 at 10:23 | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Wow, calling people stupid. Bravo

      July 7, 2011 at 10:31 | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Stupid like: George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Dr. Albert Einstein, Dr. Francis Crick, Dr. Carl Sagan, Dr. Lewis Wolpert, Steve Jobs.....

      July 7, 2011 at 10:38 | Report abuse |
    • Fred Evil

      Yeah, you TOTALLY limit yourself. You can only be President, or win 8 gold medals, yeah, pot is BAD, mmm'k?

      July 7, 2011 at 10:51 | Report abuse |
  32. Steven

    In other news, 100% of those born in the U.S. are under the age of 1.

    July 7, 2011 at 10:30 | Report abuse | Reply
    • Rick

      Unless they are born again

      July 7, 2011 at 10:33 | Report abuse |
  33. myname

    12.3% to 12.2% – sounds more like normal fluctuation (or even holding steady) than a decrease... The difference is 1 per 1,000 kids...

    July 7, 2011 at 10:49 | Report abuse | Reply
  34. bill

    The birth rate going down is bad news. Less kids paying into SS that will never receive it when the retirement age is set at 90.
    Legal pyramid scheme = Social Security

    July 7, 2011 at 11:01 | Report abuse | Reply
  35. Mike, Cleveland OH

    Hmm .. sorry "moral majority" .. meanwhile you can read bristol's book on how well abstinence works.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:03 | Report abuse | Reply
    • dm

      Bristol also illustrates how to defend abstinence when it inevitably fails by blaming your boyfriend for everything...pick up her comic book today 😉 No words larger than 5 letters just for the ignorant masses...oooh and lots of pictures too.

      July 7, 2011 at 11:28 | Report abuse |
  36. dm

    ALL BIRTH RATES have dropped in the US recently. It's not just teens.This isn't really very astounding news at all.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:26 | Report abuse | Reply
  37. Waxonwaxoff

    Why are people still absorbed with anti-marijuana propaganda from the the 50s, Its hilarious that the drug hawks always resort to skewed data, uncontrolled studies, and a lot of would and could when proving their inability to comprehend simple dynamics. I don't care if its legal or illegal. I just wish all those stupid people would shut up and stop thinking that they know what’s best for me , or anyone else for that matter. Mind your own business and stop trying to force your ignorant want to be goody two shoes off on everyone. Get a clue and then analyze it. You'll prove to yourself just how off base you really are. Seems to me that the advocates are the only ones wielding actual IQ on this subject. Maybe the hawks should stop fabricating assumptions and trying to prop them as facts and then maybe they would actually have some affluence when it comes to this particular debate.

    July 7, 2011 at 11:37 | Report abuse | Reply
    • kaligaclark

      I agree, I am surprised that the gop/teabggrs have not tried to force kids to watch reefer madness... LMAO!!!

      July 7, 2011 at 14:39 | Report abuse |
  38. kaligaclark

    The gop is doing everything they can to reverse the teen births! For some reason, they like seeing pregnant young girls!!! They want to take away birthcontrol and give them only one choice, abstinance and lies. How well did abstinance work for palin's daughter? IT DID NOT!!!! I remember under bush jr., his administration put on the CDC website that condoms make you more likely to catch aids. The AMA (American Medical Association) made them take down the blatant LIE!!!!! We have to teach kids not to, but if they do, they nee to know how to protect themselves!!!!

    July 7, 2011 at 14:34 | Report abuse | Reply
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      July 8, 2011 at 12:34 | Report abuse |
  39. Jillian Galloway

    On June 17, 1971, President Nixon told Congress that "if we cannot destroy the drug menace in America, then it will surely destroy us." After forty years of trying to destroy "the drug menace in America" we still *haven't* been able to destroy it and it still *hasn't* destroyed us. Four decades is long enough to realize that on this important issue, President Nixon was wrong! All actions taken as a result of his invalid and paranoid assumptions (e.g. the federal marijuana prohibition) should be ended immediately!

    It makes no sense for taxpayers to fund the federal marijuana prohibition when it *doesn't* prevent people from using marijuana and it *does* make criminals incredibly wealthy and incite the Mexican drug cartels to murder thousands of people every year.

    We need legal adult marijuana sales in supermarkets, gas stations and pharmacies for exactly the same reason that we need legal alcohol and tobacco sales – to keep unscrupulous black-market criminals out of our neighborhoods and away from our children. Marijuana must be made legal to sell to adults everywhere that alcohol and tobacco are sold.

    "There's something extraordinarily perverse when we're so concerned about preventing addicts from having access to drugs that we destroy the lives of many times more people, either through untreated pain or other drug war damage".

    July 8, 2011 at 12:33 | Report abuse | Reply
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    Parents want to take action to avoid this...This is not a better way. Drug users have to avoid this...

    November 11, 2011 at 02:10 | Report abuse | Reply
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