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Are Teenagers Replacing Drugs With Smartphones?


Alexandra Elliott, high school senior

Alexandra Elliott, a high school senior, says she is a heavy phone user and that using it for social media “really feels good.”

Credit: Jason Henry for The New York Times

Amid an opioid epidemic, the rise of deadly synthetic drugs and the widening legalization of marijuana, a curious bright spot has emerged in the youth drug culture: American teenagers are growing less likely to try or regularly use drugs, including alcohol.

From The New York Times
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