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Transgender Teens at High Risk of Substance Abuse

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by KIMBERLY TRUONG

A new study from Chapman University has found that transgender teenagers are twice as likely as their cisgender peers to have substance abuse problems.

The study, published in the Journal of School Health, looked at data concerning trans students in middle and high schools in nearly all school districts in California between 2013 and 2015. Researchers studied results of the California Healthy Kids Survey (which included 4778 transgender and 630,200 non-transgender students), examining their usage of cigarettes, tobacco, alcohol, marijuana, cocaine, and ecstasy as well as non-medical use of prescription painkillers, diet pills, Ritalin or Adderall, and cold medicine.

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