I can believe it – teen drug usage is down year over year. With the opioid epidemic finally being addressed, and the legalization of marijuana spreading, how could that be true?
Dr. Volkow described interactive media as “an alternative reinforcer” to drugs, adding that “teens can get literally high when playing these games.”
A great read here from NYT notes how the youth now are replacing their addictions – with constant contact to social media and smartphones. The possibility is worth exploring, they say, because use of smartphones and tablets has exploded over the same period that drug use has declined.