November 16th, 2010
12:28 PM ET

Study shows drug use higher among minority teens

Washington (CNN) – A new study highlighted by the White House on Tuesday shows that drug use has increased among minority teens.

The Office of National Drug Control Policy says that there has been “significant increases” in drug use among African-American teen girls and Hispanic teen boys.

"These data confirm that in addition to overall increases in youth drug use nationwide, certain minority populations are suffering from illegal drug use at even higher rates,” said “Drug Czar” Gil Kerlikowske.

As part of a response to the new data, the government is increasing funding for drug prevention by $203 million, funding for treatment programs by $137 million, and a new anti-drug media campaign.

Topics: President Obama • The News

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