Florida is not in the top ten states for marijuana use. However, young people between the ages of 12 and 17 are the statistically highest group admitted for treatment for marijuana addiction in Florida, according to the National Substance Abuse Index. This small demographic comprises over a quarter of those admitted for marijuana addiction. Marijuana use and addiction in teenagers is not just a problem in Florida, it is nationwide. Common street names include “pot”, “weed”, and “ganga”. Despite its status as an illicit drug, marijuana is quite popular. In the 2010 Monitoring the Future Study, it was found that around 30% of students in years 10-12 had abused marijuana.
The young demographic for marijuana use is often a concern as the National Institute on Drug Abuse shows that teenagers are statistically more at risk of becoming addicted to the drug than mature adults. Marijuana use can affect memory, impair judgment, and in some cases can induce panic or psychosis. The panic or psychosis, according to the NIDA usually passes as the effects of the drug wear off. Due to the effects marijuana has on brain function, it is often linked to lower grades and school failure amongst teens. If you are concerned about a teen that you know, or if you are a teen with a marijuana problem, please visit our website for information so that you can find help.
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