Among all illicit drugs in US, marijuana is the most commonly abused drug. In 2008, New York was one of the tops ten states for the past month marijuana use. In 2008, 19 percent of young adults aged 18-25 years were smoking pot and this rate soared to 27 percent in 2011. The latest survey carried out in May 2012 found that 9 percent of teens in NY (nearly 1.5 million) smoked marijuana heavily (at least 20 times) in the past month. Medical research shows that adolescent brains are still at a developing stage and are at a greater risk of being harmed by drug use than fully developed adult brains. Increase intake of marijuana during teenage years puts teens at greater risk for substance use disorders, academic decline, and other social problems. Long-term marijuana abuse can inevitably lead to addiction. Long-term marijuana abusers who try to quit suffer from withdrawal symptoms like irritability, sleeplessness, decreased appetite. Later stages of marijuana addiction can show symptoms of anxiety, depression, suicidal ideation, and schizophrenia.
It is necessary that marijuana addiction should be treated at the earliest, be it in teens or adults. Information related to all the data and centers related to marijuana addiction can be found in our website. Marijuana addicts should be given therapy, counseling as well as medical assistance if required.
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