Open Letter to Parents About Marijuana
WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY ABOUT MARIJUANA AND TEENS.
is not a benign drug. Use imparts learning and judgment, and may lead
to the development of mental health problems"
- American Medical Association
marijuana can injure or destroy lung issue. In fact, marijuana smoke
contains 52 to 70 percent more of some cancer causing chemicals than
does tobacco smoke."
- American Lung Association
- "Teens who
are high on marijuana are less able to make safe, smart decisions about
sex - including saying no. Teens who have used marijuana are four times
more likely to have been pregnant or gotten someone pregnant than teen
- National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy
can impair perception and reaction time, putting young drivers, their
passengers and others on the road in danger. Teens, the highest risk
driving population, should avoid anything that might impair their ability
to operate a vehicle safely.
- American Automobile Association
use may trigger panic attacks, paranoia, and even psychosis, especially
if you are suffering from anxiety, depression or having thinking problems."
- American Psychiatric Association
can impair concentration and the ability to retain information during
a teen's peak learning years."
- National Education Association
- "Resent research
has indicated that for some people there is a correlation between frequent
marijuana use and aggressive or violent behavior. This should be a concern
to parents, community leaders, and all Americans"
- The National Crime Prevention Council
And, according to
the National Institute of Drug Abuse, marijuana can be addictive. In fact,
more teens are in treatment with a primary diagnosis of marijuana dependence
than for all other illicit drugs combined.
Teens say their parents
are the single most important influence when it comes to drugs. Know their
friends. Ask them where they are going and when they will be home. Take
time to listen. Talk to your teens about marijuana. To learn more about
marijuana and how to keep your teens drug-free, visit www.theantidrug.com
or call 800-788-2800.