Teen Drug IQ is Disturbing

National Institutes of Health (NIH) among its other duties monitors and puts out reports on the nations usage and health regarding illicit drugs. On the National Institute on Drug Abuse for Teens (NIDA) website there’s a 2017 Drug Abuse test which challenges a teens understanding of illegal drug usage and their effects. After grading many exams researchers found the pass rate to be just under eighty percent. Meaning America’s youth are well versed on the effects of various drugs.

Teens that pass the test are arrested and jailed because of their drug usage knowledge. Whereas, teenagers that fail the test are required to attend military academy training because they’re naive. The test consists of ten multiple choice questions and two bonus questions. I wonder what does the teen win if the bonus questions are answered correctly.

The exam asks questions such as how does alcohol affect the brain:

A.    Interferes with brain development

B.     Increases attention

C.     Compromises decision making

D.    Improves vision

When reviewing replies I noticed many teens wrote in another choice using the letter (E) with the words “gives me a hard on”. This honesty shows our teens are more mature and communicative than previous teens. Maybe for this they should be locked up.

More can be found at https://teens.drugabuse.gov/sites/default/files/DrugIQChallenge2017-508.pdf and at https://teens.drugabuse.gov/drug-facts

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