“Above the Influence?” Teens Listen, Study Says


An anti- drug campaign sponsored with Federal funds have reduced the use of marijuana in teens, a new study shows. The campaign entitled Above the Influence, worked to influence kids by sending a positive message to follow their own path.

Researchers from Ohio State University, Penn State University, Colorado State University and the University of North Carolina, studied 3,236 students who were about 12 years old when the study began in 2005. They were surveyed four times beginning in 7th grade and ending about a year and a half later. The study found that 12 percent of those who had not reported having seen the campaign took up marijuana use compared to only 8 percent among students who had reported familiarity with the campaign.

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