Salvia has made inroads in the teen population, according to the latest “Monitoring the Future Survey,” released Dec. 14 by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the University of Michigan.
In its 2009 survey, the researchers found that 5.7% of 12th-graders said they have used salvia in the 12 previous months; in the 2010 survey, 5.5% said they did. So use does not appear to be growing, the researchers say. This year, 3.7% of 10th-graders and 1.7% of eighth-graders admitted to using salvia at least once.
The DEA has termed it a ''drug of concern," but it is not controlled under the federal Controlled Substances Act.
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