LGBTQ teens are more likely to use hard drugs than straight peers

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A study undertaken by San Diego State University and published in the American Journal of Public Health asked 15,624 high school students about the usage of different kinds of illegal substances, such as alcohol, tobacco and drugs, to figure out whether using of these substances could be linked to sexuality. The results found that LGBQ students were more likely to take a number of substances including alcohol, cigarettes, cigars, cocaine, ecstasy, vape, hallucinogens, heroin, inhalants, weed, meth, prescription drugs, steroids and synthetic marijuana in comparison to those respondents who identify as straight. 6.6% of LGBT respondents use heroine, among heterosexual respondents the amount is three times lower. Other significant results included 8.6 percent of young LGBT+ people saying they would try meth which is 4 times more than for straight ones, but the results are revealed not to judge LGBT teens but to show that they need help. Co-author Laramie Smith, a LGBQ health researcher at the University of California, San Diego said: “Our findings highlight the need for accepting LGBQ teens, as stigma may be playing a role in elevating their substance use risk or prevent those from needing help to speak up.”

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