In Colorado, marijuana addiction is the third highest drug that people receive treatment for (8.9%) after alcohol (69.3%), and alcohol with another drug (9.3%) (National Substance Abuse Index). These same figures reveal that almost 30% of those receiving treatment for marijuana addiction in Colorado are between the ages of 12 and 17. The National Institute of Drug Abuse study in 2010 shows that 13.7% of 8th graders had abused marijuana at least once. This figure increased with year level. 27.5% of 10th graders and 34.8% of 12th graders had abused marijuana at least once. Marijuana is the most popular illicit drug used in the United States and it is prevalent amongst teenagers and young adults.
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse, those who begin using marijuana in their teens are at greater risk of addiction. 1 in 6 teens who use it once are likely to become addicted. This figure increases to 25-50% for those who use the drug daily. The effects on teens may lead to lower grades as marijuana can affect learning, memory, attention, and even motivation. These effects can occur even days after using the drug, particularly in chronic users. For some teens, high doses may induce paranoia (such as disturbed thoughts) and possibly panic attacks. If you or someone else you know is addicted to marijuana, find help on our website.
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