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WASHINGTON, Sep 01, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- From 1992 to 2002, the number of U.S. adolescents ages 12-17 admitted to substance abuse treatment increased by 65 percent, a government study said.

In 1992, adolescents represented 6 percent of all treatment admissions, but by 2002 it had grown to 9 percent, according to the report "Treatment Episode Data Set: National Admissions to Substance Abuse Treatment Services 1992-2002" by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The rise in adolescence substance abuse treatment was largely due to those who reported marijuana as their primary drug of abuse -- an increase of 350 percent from 1992 to 2002.

In 2002, 48 percent of all adolescent treatment admissions involved the use of both alcohol and marijuana -- an increase of 86 percent from 1992.

SAMHSA is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.

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