One out of 16 children have tried marijuana by the time they get to high school and one in six children have had their first alcoholic drink, according to the preliminary findings of the legislature’s Program Review and Investigations staff.

For many of these children, this early use leads to drug and alcohol abuse.

The most recent federal survey found that 8 percent of Connecticut children ages 12 through 17, and 24 percent of those 18 through 25, have abused or are dependent on alcohol or drugs.

This prevalence of abuse has led legislative staff to begin researching if the state is equipped to treat these children. Their results are expected later this year.

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