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1 in 33 Teens Admit Trying Meth - Addicted
1 in 33 Teens Admit Trying Meth
Miranda HittiTuesday, September 18, 2007 1 in 33 Teens Admit Trying Meth
Survey Shows That Teens First Try Meth at Age 12, on Average
By Miranda Hitti
WebMD Medical NewsReviewed by Louise Chang, MDSept. 18, 2007 -- A new survey shows that one in 33 U.S. teens has tried meth, nearly a quarter say it would be easy to get meth, and some see benefits to meth use.
The survey included about 2,600 students aged 12-17 at 43 public, private, and parochial junior and senior high schools nationwide. The margin of error is on average +/- 2 percentage points.
During class last spring, the students completed the confidential surveys about methamphetamine (meth) use.
The results show that most teens haven't tried meth. But many say they could get meth pretty easily if they tried.
Nearly a quarter (24%) say it would be "very" or "somewhat" easy for them to get meth.
1 in 10 said they have ever been offered meth.
Students who admit to ever using meth say they first tried meth at age 12, on average.
The survey also shows that about one in six students say they have a friend or family member who has used meth or been treated for meth use.
Most students reported strongly disapproving of using meth even once or twice and indicated that they consider meth use to be risky, even if only used once or twice.
But some students actually saw benefits to meth use.
Almost a quarter (24%) say meth "makes you feel euphoric or ...