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Youth & Marijuana

 

"Chronic marijuaua use disorder, that begins in adolescence, is associated with a loss of IQ points, as compared with people who don't use marijuana during their teen years."

"High school seniors who smoke marijuana are 2 times more likely to receive a traffic ticket and 65% more likely to get into an accident than those who don’t smoke."

Marijuana is the most widely used illicit drug used by teens today. The marijuana that is available to teens today is much stronger than the marijuana that was available in the 1960’s. Sometimes it is also laced with other, more potent drugs.  Approximately 60 percent of the kids who use drugs use only marijuana. Of the 14.6 million marijuana users in 2002, approximately 4.8 million used it on 20 or more days in any given month (Kids and Marijuana). Marijuana is physically addictive. Each year, 100,000 teens are treated for marijuana dependence. For those who start using marijuana in their teens, 1 in 6 will become addicted to it. Among daily users the risk goes up to 25-50%. Teens who smoke marijuana heavily experience much the same symptoms of withdrawal as users of nicotine. Marijuana smoke contains 50-70 percent more carcinogenic hydrocarbons than tobacco smoke. It impairs learning and academic performance. Studies have shown a link between adolescent marijuana use and increased risk of mental health issues.  

It’s important to talk to your child about the risks of using marijuana, teens who learn the risks of drugs from parents are 50% less likely to use drugs. Stay involved in your child’s life and let them know you care about their health and their future.

For more information, check out these resources:

http://www.teendrugabuse.us/marijuana.html

www.theantidrug.com/drug-information/marijuana-facts/default.aspx

www.teen-safe.org

http://themarijuanareport.org