Teen Drug Use Down

WHITE HOUSE (AP) -- A new study has found that illicit drug use by teens continued to gradually decline overall this year, but teen use of prescription painkillers remains popular.

According to a University of Michigan study released today at the White House, overall decreases were seen among 8th, 10th and 12th graders nationwide.

The drugs most responsible for this year's decline in illicit drug use are marijuana and various stimulants, including amphetamines, methamphetamine and crystal methamphetamine.

The proportion of 8th graders reporting use of an illicit drug at least once in the 12 months prior to the survey was 24 percent in 1996. It now has fallen to 13 percent.

President Bush is scheduled to comment on the study's findings later today.

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