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Monday, June 09, 2008

The Bush Generation

US teens having less sex, drugs

June 4

US teens are having less sex, doing fewer drugs and smoking fewer cigarettes than those who grew up in the 1990s, a study released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found.

They are also more likely to use condoms when they do have sex, wear a seat belt and avoid getting into a car with a driver who's been drinking, the national study of youth risk behavior found.

About 48 percent of high school students were no longer virgins in 2007, down from 54percent in 1991.

Meanwhile, just 15 percent said they'd had four or more sexual partners, down from 19 percent in 1991.

And 62 percent of sexually active students said they'd used a condom the last time they had sex, up from 46 percent in 1991.

Some 35 percent of teens had at least one drink of alcohol in the month before they were surveyed in 2007, down from 42 percent in 1991.

Marijuana used has fallen to 20 percent of students from a peak of 27 percent in 1999while methamphetamine use is down to four percent of teens surveyed in 2007 from 10 percent in 2001.

Nearly half as many students admitted to carrying some kind of weapon: 17 percent in 2007 compared with 33 percent in 1991.

But there has been little change in the number of students who said they'd stayed home from school because they felt unsafe either in the building or on the streets: seven percent in both 1991 and 2007.

Only 12 percent of students said they'd rarely or never worn a seat belt in 2007, down from 35 percent in 1991. Just 27 percent said they'd gotten into a car with a driver who'd been drinking, down from 36 percent in 1991.

"We are pleased that more high school students today are doing things that will help them stay healthy and avoiding things that put their health in danger," said Howell Wechsler, director of CDC's Division of Adolescent and School Health.

"Unfortunately we are not seeing that same progress among Hispanic teens for certain risk factors."

While their has been a significant decrease in the number of black teens who'd had sex (66 percent in 2007 compared with 82 percent in 1991) and also among white teens (44 percent in 2007 compared with 50 percent in 1991) there was no change among Hispanic teens (52 percent in 2007 and 53 percent in 1991.)

"Hispanic students were more likely than either black students or white students to attempt suicide, use cocaine, heroin or ecstasy, ride with a driver who had been drinking alcohol, or go 24 hours or more without eating in an effort to lose weight," Wechsler said in a conference call with reporters.

"Hispanic students were also more likely than both black students and white students to say they did not go to school on occasion because of safety concerns, were offered or sold illegal drugs on school property or drank alcohol on school property."

A nationally representative sample of more than 14,000 students in grades nine to 12 were surveyed.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This must be really depressing news for all your troll admirers.

8:11 AM  
Blogger John said...

Of course it is. So are any good news about the economy and the war effort.

They celebrate and gloat over any stat that can be spun into a "disaster" or "debacle."

They trumpet the death of a a soldier by a terrorist insurgent. They exult in triumph when the unemployment rate rises.

They thrive on suffering.

They savor schadenfreude.

8:35 AM  
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9:42 AM  
Anonymous exulting in triumph said...

Prude says: US teens are having less sex, doing fewer drugs...

Well, that's too bad, but there's good news, too. They are registering Democrat in record numbers...and turning out to vote in record numbers.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Twisted bleats: They trumpet the death of a a soldier by a terrorist insurgent. They exult in triumph when the unemployment rate rises.

They thrive on suffering.

No, they rub your foul noses in the suffering YOU HAVE CAUSED, and they enjoy watching you squirm, lie and deny.

9:50 AM  
Anonymous iron man said...

"The Bush Generation" rejecting the slimebag murderer in hordes...isn't that what you call ironic? Oh, they don't get irony.

9:53 AM  
Anonymous pass the hat for jack said...

Rotten to the bone...

Waxman Gets the Goods Again: "Committee report on White House contacts with Jack Abramoff that concludes that Mr. Abramoff had personal contact with President Bush, that high-level White House officials held Mr. Abramoff and his associates in high regard and solicited recommendations from them on policy matters,[and] that Mr. Abramoff and his associates influenced some White House actions."

9:55 AM  
Anonymous neverending crime said...

White House is Worried that Patrick Fitzgerald, Special Prosecutor Will Testify Before Congress, and Nail At Least Cheney and Rove, and Possibly Bush, Which McClellan Already Has Done in the Book. But Fitzgerald's Testimony Before Congress Could Put the White House in Legal Jeopardy.

9:56 AM  
Blogger John said...

Hm. Haven't seen someone this obsessed since Lee Harvey.

9:59 AM  
Blogger John said...

What's the matter? Blossom and/or lana call out my name in the middle of your grunting?

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Arch-conservative Bay Buchanan suggested that it may not matter what McCain does. Writing in Human Events on June 4, she declared:

In reality there is only one candidate. Barack Obama. In November he will win or he will lose. John McCain is relevant only in so far as he is not Barack Obama. The Senator from Arizona is incapable of energizing his party, brings no new people to the polls, and has a personality that is best kept under wraps.

10:51 AM  
Blogger nanc said...

they're probably 'stremely pist about this!


12:19 PM  
Blogger John said...

Ew. No wonder they're so cranky.

12:25 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

...and in such desperate need of a free lifetime supply of some chillin' penicillin courtesy of Uncle Sammy and Universal STD Care.

2:53 PM  
Anonymous val ewes said...

lil morons clucking?

from the toilet stalls?

11:34 PM  

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