Teen Drug Use Survey

A new survey shows drug use among Florida teenagers is down in 19 of 21 categories since 2000, but teen drinking remains a concern.

The 2004 Florida Youth Substance Abuse Survey finds use of ecstasy is down 61 percent, steroid use is down 50 percent and marijuana use has dropped 20 percent, but teen drinking has shown the smallest decline, only six percent decline since 2000.

The survey showed 42 percent of high school students reported using alcohol within the last month. Twenty percent of middle school students had done so.

Florida's Office of Drug Control says it's harder to change alcohol attitudes among teenagers partly because of advertising and because some parents may not consider it to be as serious as other drugs.

The Florida Drug Control office spends $500 million a year to prevent, treat and crack down on substance abuse statewide.