By Jen Stolka | You can’t get addicted to pot. Smoking a joint doesn’t hurt you – WHAT?? This is what our kids have shared that they believe. We must stop this way of thinking before they try marijuana, experience the negative effects of marijuana, or become addicted.
Marijuana TruthHere is what we know:
- 1 in 6 teens who start to use marijuana get addicted to it (National Institute on Drug Abuse).
- Marijuana use makes you anxious, lowers your brain function, damages your lungs, and ruins your teeth (National Institute on Drug Abuse).
- Long-term use can contribute to cancer of the lungs and other respiratory areas as it contains more cancer-causing elements than tobacco smoke (National Institute on Drug Abuse).
- Long-term use also can cause mental illness including schizophrenia, and adverse effects on memory and learning abilities (National Institute on Drug Abuse).
- The proportion of Iowa juveniles entering substance treatment primarily due to marijuana use has reached its highest point in 20 years at 66.2% (2012 Iowa Department of Public Health).
- Students who smoke marijuana are more likely to drop out of school and get lower grades than their non-smoking classmates (National Institute on Drug Abuse).
- Studies prove that marijuana potency has almost tripled over the last 20 years (Journal of Forensic Sciences, Vol.55, No.5, 2010).
Getting The Truth Out ThereOver the next several months, we are countering this movement of misguided beliefs by plastering high schools with a series of myth busting posters. These posters will increase youths’ knowledge on the real facts about marijuana use and put a stop to the misleading messages they are hearing about marijuana being a ‘safe’ drug. This poster series also aims to to show youth the importance of using credible sources when developing beliefs and opinions. Each poster showcases a fact that trumps the marijuana myth in addition to the reliable source where the truth came from.
What Will You Tell Youth About Pot?Help us equip youth with the real truth about marijuana. Check your own pot perceptions, and ask youth in your life what they believe. Use facts from credible sources to teach youth about the real dangers of marijuana.
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