2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Marijuana use continues to climb

first_imgNational Families in Action – The Marijuana Report https://www.nationalfamilies.org/ 20 August 2019Family First Comment: The latest stats are in“When Colorado and Washington fully legalized marijuana in 2012, 31.5 million Americans ages 12 or older had used the drug in the past year. By 2018, that number ballooned to 43.5 million, according to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, released yesterday… Perception of harm continues to drop among all age groups.. In 2018, 1,339,000 adolescents used marijuana for the first time, compared to 1.2 million new users ages 18-25, and 525,000 new initiates ages 26 and older.”Those who oppose marijuana legalization predicted that a commercial marijuana industry would drive marijuana use up in order to increase profits. Six years after the first two states legalized marijuana for recreational use, that prediction is proving true.When Colorado and Washington fully legalized marijuana in 2012, 31.5 million Americans ages 12 or older had used the drug in the past year. By 2018, that number ballooned to 43.5 million, according to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, released yesterday.Moreover, 27.7 million Americans used marijuana in the past month in 2018, up from 18.9 million 2012.And 8.7 million used the drug daily or near daily, up from 5.4 million in 2012.Legalization proponents say use among 12- to 17-year-olds is lower than it was in 2012. While true, that claim misses the point that adolescent use started ticking up from 3,676,000 in 2016 to 3,806,000 in 2017 and 3,823,000 in 2018.Perception of harm continues to drop among all age groups, another indicator that the uptick of use among adolescents is likely to continue.In 2018, 1,339,000 adolescents used marijuana for the first time, compared to 1.2 million new users ages 18-25, and 525,000 new initiates ages 26 and older.About the only good news in the new survey is psychotherapeutic drug use, including pain relievers, is beginning to decline, and marijuana use among pregnant women dropped by half since last year.Access the 2018 survey here.last_img read more

IHOC : Orange escapes with overtime win over Lindenwood despite missed offensive opportunities

first_imgAll Margot Scharfe had to do was tap the puck into the back of the net.Lindenwood goaltender Taylor Fairchild was out of position with her attention turned to the far side of the ice when the puck was passed to Scharfe. With the puck right in front of an exposed net, Scharfe just had to guide it home. But rather than scoring an easy goal, Scharfe shot wide of the near post, hitting the glass instead of the net.If Scharfe had converted, it would have broken open a scoreless deadlock. Instead, the missed opportunity just added to the frustration for an Orange team that struggled to score in SU’s game against Lindenwood on Saturday.‘We need to be able to finish plays, so I need to grip my stick a little tighter and put it in,’ Scharfe, a sophomore forward, said. ‘It really sucks when you can’t put those in, but that’s what we’re going to work on in practice this week.’Despite a 2-1 overtime victory for Syracuse (8-10) on Saturday against Lindenwood (1-16), the Orange could have won easily with the offense putting up a season-high 49 shots against Lindenwood. But no matter how many shots Syracuse fired against a Lions team that was on its heels for most of the game, goals continued to elude SU. For every chance the Orange missed, the frustration built.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textFor freshman forward Nicole Ferrara, that was the difference between Saturday’s tight contest and Friday’s blowout 6-2 win. The six goals were a season high for the Orange, which capitalized on many of its chances.In each period, Syracuse outshot its opponent by seven or more shots. In the first period alone, Syracuse rattled off 13 consecutive shots, hammering Fairchild at will. Still, the Orange had nothing to show for it on the scoreboard.That trend carried over to the second period when Casey Hirsch hit a wide-open shot that resulted in a quick glove save from Fairchild. Afterward, teammate Allie LaCombe had to skate over to pat Hirsch on the back and console the fellow freshman, who was still in disbelief.‘We were a little snake bitten today in terms of trying to bury the puck,’ SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. ‘There were three of four in the second period, I didn’t know how they didn’t go in, but they didn’t.’And with bad luck repeating itself, even in an SU win, the frustration started affecting the team on the ice. Flanagan said although his team outshot Lindenwood 12-5 in the third period, he actually thought the Lions outplayed Syracuse in the third period.Junior forward Jessica Sorensen said it was difficult for the team to keep its composure and momentum when it seemed the puck simply wasn’t destined to go in the net.‘Definitely frustrating among the girls when you know you’re getting shots and none of them are going in,’ Sorensen said. ‘People start slowing down.’Senior forward Megan Skelly said that when the team was in the locker room between periods, the players talked about staying relaxed despite the missed opportunities.Still, the Syracuse offense remained on the attack all game.The Orange moved the puck continuously, keeping the Lindenwood defenders scrambling for most of the game. But SU struggled to convert as it shot too many times right at Fairchild, making her look better than she really was, Skelly said.For Flanagan, games like Saturday’s — in which shots misfired time and time again — worry him. He said if Syracuse couldn’t find the back of the net, it would cost it the game.But SU kept the pressure on and scored a goal late in the third and then another one in overtime for the win to avoid a game in which Skelly said the score didn’t indicate Syracuse’s dominance.‘At the end of the game it doesn’t matter if we had 50 shots or two,’ Skelly said. ‘It obviously goes down to the score, so that’s what counts.’dgproppe@syr.edu Comments Published on December 4, 2011 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Syracuse women’s basketball falls 1 spot to No. 21 in Top 25 poll

first_imgEven though Syracuse has won its last four games each by at least 11 points, SU dropped one spot to No. 21 in the latest Associated Press Top 25 poll, its lowest ranking of the season.Three weeks ago, the Orange climbed to No. 11, the highest-ever ranking in program history. Over the next two weeks, SU dropped and remained at No. 20.Four-time defending national champion Connecticut stayed at the top spot after beating No. 2 Notre Dame, 72-61. Five other Atlantic Coast Conference teams were ranked in the Week 6 poll: No. 7 Florida State, No. 8 Louisville, No. 13 Miami, No. 18 Duke and No. 24 Virginia Tech.After blowing out Niagara by 49 points on Saturday, behind Brittney Sykes’ dominant performance, SU gets the week off from games. The Orange plays next in the Florida Sunshine Classic Dec. 20-21. Conference play begins at No. 8 Louisville on Dec. 29. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 12, 2016 at 3:30 pm Contact Matthew: mguti100@syr.edu | @MatthewGut21last_img read more