MARIJUANA USE AMONG TEENS AND YOUNG ADOLESCENTS
Just finished reading a pamphlet put out by NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse) regarding marijuana use among teens and young adults and the statistics are staggering.
Were you aware that:
9% of people who use marijuana at least once will become addicted.
This risk increases for those who start in their teens to approximately 16%
The risk increases to about 25-50% among daily users.
The largest percentage of admissions in drug abuse treatment centers is attributed to marijuana. 61% for those under age 15 and 56% or those 15 – 19
“Someone who smokes marijuana daily may be functioning with a ‘dimmed down’ brain most or all of the time. Compared with their peers who don’t smoke, students who smoke marijuana tend to get lower grades and are more likely to drop out of high school. Also, longtime marijuana users themselves report being less satisfied with their lives, experiencing memory and relationship problems, poorer mental and physical health, lower salaries and less career success.”
How on earth can we justify legalizing a drug that is so detrimental to our young people.