The Michigan Daily - Monday, November 27, 2000 - 7A
- NEW YORK (AP) - Teen-age marijuana
ase has dropped for a third straight year, but a
jump in the use of the "club drug" ecstasy
raised new concerns for parents, according to
the Partnership for a Drug-Free America's
The nonprofit group's 13th survey, being
eleased today, questioned 7,290 students in
seventh through 12th grades nationwide. The
margin of error is plus or minus 1.5 percentage
Use of ecstasy, a favorite at dance clubs and
-all-night raves, has doubled among teens since
1995, the survey found.
One in 10 teens has experimented with the
drug, it said.
Ecstasy use on the rise among teens
The report found the number of teens
who have tried ecstasy at least once had
increased from 7 percent to 10 percent over
the past year.
In contrast, the 40 percent of teens saying
they had tried marijuana was down from 41
percent last year.
It was the third consecutive drop-off in
teen marijuana use since 1997, when 44
percent of teens said they had used the
drug at least once.
"We appear to be turning a very impor-
tant corner," said Richard Bonnette, the
partnership's president and chief executive
"But as we turn one corner, troubling devel-
opments are coming at us from other directions
- specifically with ecstasy," he said.
The survey found that more teens were
turned off than on by marijuana. Fifty-four
percent felt smoking pot would make them
behave foolishly, up from 51 percent in
Fewer believe most people will try marijua-
na: 36 percent now, compared with 41 percent
in 1997. And just 21 percent said they had used
marijuana in the past month, down from 24
percent in 1997.
Those numbers are significant because
they address attitude changes since the
partnership, along with the White House's
Office of National Drug Control Policy,
"Troubling developments are coning at us fro.
other directions - specifically with ecstasy."
- Richard Bdnhette
President and CEO of Partnership for a Drug-Free America
started a national anti-drug ad campaign in
"This study confirms the trends we've
seen over the last three years - a steady
decline in the number of teen using drugs,"
said Barry McCaffrey, director of the
Office of National Drug Control Policy.
"This is very good news."
The study found that the number of'teens
seeing anti-drug advertising on a daily basis
has jumped significantly - from 32 percent in
1998 to 49 percent this year.
The Partnership for a Drug-Free America,
launched in 1987, is a coalition of communica-
tions industry professionals aimed at reducing
the demand for illegal drugs.
W eather creates delays for holiday
travel by planes, trains, automobiles
.;usy airports, congested roads and trains, and
v, foggy weather in some parts of the country yes-
erday made the trip home that much longer for
With the Air Transport Association predicting a
record 2.24 million passengers, airport officials
across the nation had prepared for the worst.
They're all coming back at the same time,' said
Nancy Castles, spokeswoman for Los Angeles Inter-
She said 205,000 passengers were expected yes-
terday, up from the estimated 195,000 to 200,000 on
the day a year ago.
Fog caused delays of at least one hour at Los
Angeles airport, while fog at San Francisco Interna-
tional Airport forced cancellation of 20 flights and
delayed others up to 2 1/2 hours.
At Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, things
didn't go well for Travis Everhardus, who sat amid a
pile of bags next to a United service desk. He arrived
from Charlotte, N.C., only to find that his flight
home to Kalamazoo, Mich., had been canceled,
apparently because of fog.
"I'm a little frustrated," Everhardus said.
S Sleet and freezing rain affected travelers in New
England, and delays delays at Logan International
. Airport in Boston were averaging two hours last
"Considering the weather, we've been very lucky,"
said Jose Juves, spokesman for the Massachusetts
.t was easy sailing for other travelers despite the
Tommy Frigon, 2, of Seattle, plays with toy vehicles while waiting for a plane connection with his family
yesterday at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago. The Air Transport Association predicted a record 2.24
million passengers would be traveling yesterday.
threat of cancellations due to labor strife. Mechanics
for both United and Northwest Airlines, which also
had some delays and cancellations, are seeking new
United Airlines said there had been 66 cancella-
tions -- 49 of them related to maintenance - out of
2,300 flights systemwide.
No major delays were reported at airports in
Miami, Atlanta and Seattle. And travelers were
pleasantly surprised by the lack of long lines at
Katie Loosigian got to the airport four hours early
for her I p.m. flight to Dayton, Ohio -just in case.
But she was parked, checked in and ready to board
her flight with hours to spare.
"I couldn't believe it when I heard," she said. "But
this has been great so far."
At Albany International Airport, volunteer
"ambassadors" and a group of local gospel singers
were enlisted to calm travelers' nerves. By after-
noon, the flight boards were filling with delays as
rain storms covered much of the Northeast.
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