Approximately one in six high school seniors reported driving under the influence of marijuana. More than half of the teens who drove after using the drug claimed it did not affect their ability to drive safely. The likelihood of a car crash is increased by some of the immediate effects of smoking pot-longer reaction time, poor physical coordination, and impaired concentration.
Marijuana makes you more likely to do something that you might regret.
Pot smoking has been linked with risky sexual behaviors that increase the likelihood of sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies. Marijuana use by teens-like the use of many other drugs-can makes it harder to keep good relationships with your friends and family. Marijuana users can become loners or hang out with people who may not be a good influence, which means that if you already have good friends and a supportive family, you can grow apart from them or lose their trust.
Smoking weed can lead to anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and paranoia-and those problems don’t improve over time. And don’t you know someone who can’t do anything without getting high? That’s because they’re addicted. Sixty percent of teenagers in drug treatment programs are there because of marijuana.
The people who profit from the $400 billion global drug business-and yes, marijuana is a big part of this business-are creep factor nine. They’re criminals. If you’re smoking pot, you could be the end-user of a product that may have been sold to help fund these people.
Okay, you now have the facts. Marijuana is riskier than you think.
Marijuana use will affect one’s coordination, and Driving under the influence of marijuana is one of the major causes of Car accidents among teenagers.
Since 2009, drug use by 12- to 17-year-olds has doubled
Today, in a classroom of 25 students, the odds are that three of them will be drug users
A majority of teens between the ages of 15 and 17 have been to a party in the last six months where marijuana was available.
If you suspect your teen is abusing marijuana and you want to get them to help, give us a call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Our counselors are standing by to help you get your child the help they need for addiction to pot or any substance.
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