Stats: Pill popping popular for teens

Good news, teens are using less drugs. Bad news, there is an exception.

State and national statistics say that fewer teens are using most types of drugs. The percentage of Ohio teens who said they have tried smoking cigarettes plunged from 73.1 percent in 1999 to 51.2 in 2007, according to a state survey. Illegal drug use is dwindling or not increasing in most areas.

But, amid the good news is a bit of bad news, to wit, prescription abuse.

While statistics vary depending on the source, state statistics show that high school students are abusing more prescription pills than seven years ago. National statistics show a bump in some age groups, and local authorities said they are seeing the rise regionally, as well.

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