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Monday, July 31, 2006

Indiana Study Finds Increase in IV Drug Use Among Teens

From number of Indiana high school seniors who say they have shot up heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs has hit an all-time high, according to new Indiana University findings that are backed by drug counselors.
About 2.2 percent of 12th-graders surveyed by IU's Indiana Prevention Resource Center this spring admitted trying intravenous drugs, which users turn to for a more powerful high. That's an increase of more than 25 percent from a year ago, according to the 16th annual IU survey, to be released today.
While the overall head count of reported IV drug users is small, it shows "there is a subgroup of schoolchildren that are heavily into drug use," said Barbara Seitz De Martinez, the center's deputy director. "If they are using heroin and other injection drugs, you don't start off with that. You graduate to that over a period of time." Rest of Article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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