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Tuesday, December 5, 2006

Study: Young Men Experiment with Marijuana Before Alcohol

From Contrary to popular belief, smoking marijuana need not be a steppingstone between using alcohol and tobacco and experimenting with illegal drugs such as cocaine and heroin.

Researchers led by Ralph E. Tarter, a professor at the University of Pittsburgh's School of Pharmacy, found that nearly a quarter of the young men they studied used marijuana before they began drinking or smoking cigarettes.

It's the reverse of what's known as the "gateway hypothesis," in which drug use is thought to progress from alcohol and tobacco to marijuana to hard drugs.

The researchers determined also that the likelihood of developing a substance abuse problem was similar in youngsters who followed the traditional gateway drug use pattern and those who followed the reverse pattern.

"This is actually quite novel, this idea," Dr. Tarter said. "It runs counter to about six decades of current drug policy in the country, where we believe that if we can't stop kids from using marijuana, then they're going to go on and become addicts to hard drugs."

But the data doesn't support that contention, he noted. The findings were published in this month's American Journal of Psychiatry. Rest of article. . . [Mark Godsey]

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It's simple. Any high school kid can find someone willing to sell him marijuana, if he wants to, but it is very difficult for an underage kid to buy alcohol - and not all of them can steal their parent's booze.

Posted by: markm | Dec 6, 2006 8:55:41 AM

yeah!!! thats really true any high school can be able to seal that thing... but not all student doing like that...

Posted by: canabisseed | Apr 20, 2007 1:09:31 AM

it could be marijuana will be a legal smoking cigarettes as time goes by...

Posted by: canabisseed | Apr 22, 2007 7:10:40 PM

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