After a decade of decline, substance abuse continues an upward trend among U.S. teens. The finding is from the PartnershipatDrugFree.org.
The report says marijuana and ecstasy use among teens shows marked increases while attitudes toward alcohol use have become more relaxed.
Also, the Associated Press is reporting that synthetic substances that mimic illegal drugs are making users across the nation seriously ill. The products are packaged as bath salts or incense and sell for as little as $10. They're suspected in at least nine deaths.
Health problems caused by the synthetic drugs include breathing problems, rapid heartbeat, delusions and paranoia.