Congrats, Connecticut!  We’re back on yet another iffy top 10 list and it’s all about those darn youths that everyone loves to hate.

Dem millennials, right?   We never fail to disappoint.

Anyways, it seems that a majority of our teens are enjoying the greenery while they’re out playing PokemonGO.  Maybe a little too much.

Project Know, a national survey, ranked all 50 states based on drug and alcohol abuse in their teenage population.  The results were calculated based on high school students who admitted to binge drinking or marijuana use in the past 30 days.  Don’t know how accurate their findings are, but hey, nice to know kids are owning up to their vices.

Overall, the study found that 1 in 20 high schoolers have recently used marijuana or alcohol.

Connecticut’s results were mixed between good and bad news.  Out of all 50 states, Connecticut ranked 4th in teen marijuana use.   Yep, about 26% of teens have been high on THC.

The survey also found that teens were far more likely to smoke up than go on a bender and binge drink.  So… yay?  I mean, no one has died from smoking too much marijuana, so there’s that.  But you can argue that people HAVE died from the bad decisions they made after hitting the bong a little too hard.

Then again, sober people have died from making bad decisions, too.  Have you ever watched Game of Thrones?

Moving onto the silver lining because we could all use a little good news right now. This study offered some positive insight about our teens and found that Connecticut ranked 5th overall in states with the lowest amount of teen prescription drug abuse.   The state also ranked relatively low in teen cocaine use, too.

I guess the moral of the story is that the more kids smoke, the less inclined they are to seek the harder stuff.  The study marveled over their finding that states with higher marijuana use had lower instances of binge drinking.  The same can be inferred when it comes to cocaine and prescription drug abuse.

But I get why this study can be upsetting.  No one likes to know how kids are breaking the law.  Some people are very passionate about keeping marijuana an illegal substance.

My father is one of them.  He served as a Lieutenant in the State Police. He saw the ugly side of marijuana, from the dealers to the consumers, and didn’t want that in my future.   So, it’s obvious I was told every reason imaginable about why I should stay away from Mary Jane and her friends.

Personally, I have never touched the stuff.  I’d rather spend my money on chocolate and Merlot.  What can I say, I treat myself when I want to unwind.

So, the moral of the story is that parents can and do play a valuable role in their child’s life and decision making.  If you’re worried that your kid could get into something that is nothing but trouble – then talk to them.   And I really do mean TALK.  No lecturing, no threats, no “if I catch you with a blunt so help me God…”

Let’s face it.  We all were teens once and we loved getting into trouble.  That’s what we did.  Just make sure your teens are aware of the consequences since marijuana still illegal in Connecticut.


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