CHICAGO (Reuters) – More than 20% of U.S. high school seniors reported vaping marijuana in 2019, the second largest single-year increase in any substance of abuse ever recorded in the annual study of national drug use trends, researchers reported on Wednesday.
Results of the study bit.ly/34tuccc funded by the National Institutes of Health are alarming as federal officials continue to investigate fatal lung injuries associated with vaping.
Earlier this week, U.S. officials reported another four vaping-related deaths from a nationwide outbreak of a respiratory illness, taking the toll to 52 deaths and more than 2,400 who have been hospitalized. Most of the injuries have occurred in people who vaped THC, the high-producing ingredient in marijuana.
Compiled by researchers at the University of Michigan and published in the medical journal JAMA, the “Monitoring the Future” study found that 21% of 12th graders, 19% of 10th graders and 7% of 8th graders reported vaping THC in the last…
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