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    US Teen Smoking, Drinking, Drug Use at 40-Year Lows

    The kids are alright. Only 37 percent of 12th graders reported that they’d been drunk and just 4.8 percent said they’d tried painkillers — sharp declines from a decade ago. Researchers aren’t sure what’s causing the decline, but some point to a reduction in cigarette smoking, a gateway to riskier behaviors. Others worry that the annual federal survey of 45,000 8th-, 10th- and 12th-graders in 372 public and private schools is missing an opioid epidemic, but one expert called the findings “gigantic good fortune.”

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