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December 20, 2013

Contact: National Media Affairs Office

Phone Number: (202) 307-1000

DEA Statement On 2013 Monitoring The Future Study

WASHINGTON -  - "Those who aspire to see their own or others' children accomplish great things in life or who want to live in a nation of increasing prosperity should be very concerned about the increase in marijuana use by teenagers, including the fact that a staggering 12 percent of 13 and 14-year-olds are abusing the drug," said Michele M. Leonhart, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration.  "The mixed messages being sent to America's teens about the harmfulness and legality of using record-high-potency marijuana are obscuring kids' awareness of the effects their use will have on them.  America owes it to its children to give them the best possible start in life, so they and society are not hindered in the future."

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