Study: 1 in 4 teens say access to meth easy

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

According to a new study, almost 25 percent of teenagers say it would be "very easy" or "somewhat easy" to gain access to methamphetamine. The survey was conducted by The Meth Project, a nonprofit anti-drug group.

New print and broadcast ads -- including four produced by The Meth Project -- will appear in Indiana and seven other states where meth use remains high.

The new study shows one in three teens also believe there is only a "slight risk" or "no risk" in trying meth once or twice, and about one in four teens say there are benefits to using meth.

Twenty-four percent of teens agreed with the statement that meth "makes you feel euphoric or very happy," while 22 percent said meth "helps you lose weight" and 22 percent said it "helps you deal with boredom."

Lawmakers and government officials say the survey highlights the need for an aggressive public education campaign to inform kids about the dangers of the highly addictive stimulant.

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