Study Shows Young People Not as Concerned With Driving High as Drunk Driving

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A new study by the University of Victoria and the Vancouver Island Health Authority has found stress is leading youth to engage in dangerous behaviour.

Nearly 700 people between the age of 12 and 18 years old were tracked over the course of a decade, and the results show some disturbing trends.

More than 35 per cent admitted to driving after consuming marijuana or got in a vehicle with a driver who had.

Report author Bonnie Leadbeater said: “There is a risk in using marijuana, particularly if it’s being co-used with alcohol, which it frequently is. We have a sense that it’s probably safe, that police can’t detect it. Those things are actually not true.”

But students at the University of Victoria say the behaviour just doesn’t have the same social stigma that’s come to be associated with drinking and driving.

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