Teen marijuana use on the rise. In an article published by the San Francisco Chronical on December 15th, a study by the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor revealed troubling results. The use of marijuana by teenagers has increased since 1991..Apparently about 46,000 teens ranging from grades eighth, tenth and twelth were surveyed for the study. In the article, Head Researcher Dr. Nora Volkow said she believed that one reason for the rise in recreational use of the drug in teens is the belief in using marijuana for medicinal purposes. www.sanfranciscochronical.com
The recent controversy over legalizing marijuana (Proposition 19) in the November elections has definitely opened up alot of discussions about the substance. Although its use has been prescribed by some doctors for medicinal purposes, marijuana still has the potential to cause serious side effects.. Proposition 19 proposed legalizing usage of the drug by adults 21 and over. Despite strong support for the initiative it fell short of the number of favorable votes needed to pass.
The recreational use of marijuana in school age teens can cause loss of concentration, low motivation, confusion and even depression. Not to mention, the substance has also been catergorized as a gateway drug. Like alcohol and cigarettes, marijuana can be addictive if frequently used. The findings of the study are definitely cause for concern, but not irreversible. Facilities such as Pheonix House of San Diego, which offers addiction assistance, strong parent support and a legal system that provides programs for teens at risk are valuable tools in winning the battle against teen drug use. www.treatmentcenters.net