Parents and Grandparents:
Tell Your Children/Grandchildren About the Dangers of Marijuana Use!
If you don’t, who will???
You need to have that conversation early (before age 13 years),
and often, for greatest affect. Source: CADCA
Marijuana is addictive. Research shows that teens are 6 times more likely to be in treatment for marijuana addiction than for all other illegal drugs combined.
Source: NIDA (National Institute on Drug Abuse)
Marijuana use negatively affects learning. A teen who uses is 4 times more likely to report “D” grades. Source: SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration)
A teen marijuana user is 2 times more likely to drop out of school than a non-user.
Marijuana use negatively affects the developing teen brain. Research shows that heavy marijuana use during the teen years can result in lower intelligence and memory problems in adult life. Source: NIDA
Marijuana is associated with mental health problems. Research shows a connection between marijuana use, depression, and psychosis. Weekly use of marijuana DOUBLES a teen’s risk of depression and anxiety. Source: NIDA
Marijuana is MUCH stronger today than it was 15, 20, or more years ago. THC, the active ingredient in marijuana has TRIPLED in the past 20 years, making today’s marijuana more potent and addictive. Source: The New York Times
Important medical organizations recognize that marijuana is not a safe drug and its use endangers our children/teens. These include the American Medical Association, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Source: The New York Times