According to the National Substance Abuse Index, out of all 14,133-rehabilitation admission in Kansas, 3,477 of those were for marijuana. Many of these admissions were teenagers. In Kansas, teenagers between the ages of 12 and 17 are the largest admissions to rehabilitation facilities for marijuana addiction. The majority of people who accessed drug rehabilitation services for marijuana use are male (71.5%) according to the National Substance Abuse Index. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health reported that approximately 10.13% of people 12 years or older use marijuana. Marijuana is the most common illicit drug that teens use in recent years.
Adolescence, usually ages 12-17 years, is an important time for physical and mental development for both males and females. Any drug use may be harmful during these years. According to the University of Washington's Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI), marijuana use during these formative years may lead to a number of developmental and social problems. In particular, memory, attention, and learning may be affected leading to poorer academic performance. It may also influence social behaviors and a teenager addicted to marijuana may develop problematic social behaviors. If you are concerned that a teenager or anyone else in your life may have a problem with marijuana use, please have a look at our website for centers, which are able to help those experiencing addiction, or those who are at risk of addiction.
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