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MARIJUANA > Talk to your children about Marijuana   
 
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  According to the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA), addiction rates among 12-17 year olds are the highest levels in states that have approved "medical" marijuana.1Surveys of teens across Michigan show that they increasingly see marijuana use as "safe".2ITS TIME TO HAVE THAT CONVERSATION!  
     
  ADDICTION  
  Marijuana is addictive. The EARLIER marijuana use begins, the HIGHER the risk of addiction.3In fact, 62% of teens in drug treatment are addicted to marijuana.4Each year, more teens enter treatment with a primary diagnosis of marijuana addiction than for all other illegal drugs combined.5  
     
  SCHOOL PERFORMANCE  
  Marijuana negatively aects learning. A teen that uses marijuana is 4 times more likely to report "D" grades.6A teenage marijuana user is 2 times more likely to drop out of school than a non-user.7  
     
  BRAIN CHANGES  
  The brain continues to develop until a teen is in his/her 20s. Marijuana use aects the prefrontal cortex, whic controls impulses and decision-making behaviors.8A recent study found that marijuana users had abnormalities in areas that interconnect brain regions involved in memory, attention, language, and executive function skills.9 Heavy marijuana use during the teen years can permanently lower intelligence (IQ) in adult life by as much as 8 points, potentially lowering intelligence from average to low average.10  
     
  MENTAL HEALTH  
  Marijuana can worsen depression and has been associated with other serious mental health issues, e.g. schizophrenia and anxiety. Weekly use of marijuana DOUBLES a teen's risk of depression and anxiety.11  
     
  DRUGGED DRIVING  
  Overall, marijuana is the most prevalent illegal drug detected in impaired drivers, fatally injured drivers, and motor vehicle crash victims.12 Evidence from both real and simulated driving studies indicates that marijuana can negatively aect a driver's attentiveness, perception of time and speed, and ability to draw on information obtainedfrom past experiences.13  
     
  SECOND HAND SMOKE  
  Marijuana smoke contains more carcinogens than tobacco smoke, and is therefore more harmful to the lungs.14  
     
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1 Eects of Medical Marijuana Legalization, CADCA www.cadca.org/poloicyadvocacy/priorities/marijuana
2 Michigan Prole for Healthy Youth (MIPHY), Michigan Department of Education,2002
3 The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
4 Oce of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
5 Partnership for a Drug-Free America
6 Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
7, 8, 11, 12, 13, 14 National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
9,10 National Academy of Sciences
 
 
 
 
 
 
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