Many more kids use marijuana than any other illicit drug by far. Young teens are trying marijuana at atime when their bodies and brains are still developin The number of 8th graders who used marijuana doubled between 1991 and 2001, but in the past two years overall teen use has declined. Many people who use marijuana have trouble quiing and experience withdrawal symptoms such as irritability, difficulty sleeping and anxiety. Marijuana can lead to ahost of health, social and behavioral problems at acrucial time in kids lives. Marijuana today is more potent and its effects can be more intense. Adolescent marijuana users show lower academic achievement compared to nonusers. Even short-term marijuana use has been linked to memory loss and difficulty with problem solvin Be involved in your kids lives. Ask who, wha when and where. Know who your childs friends are, what your child is doin when shell be home and where shes goin Eat dinner together, listen to music, watch aball game, do chores. Set afirm rule of no drug use in your family. You are your kids most important role model. They notice everything you do. Commit yourself to adrug-free lifestyle. The hours after school, between 3 and 6 p.m are when lots of kids get in trouble. During summer months, kids have even more free time on their hands. Try to be with your kids, but if thats not possible, make sure your child is occupied with an adult around: sports, jobs, clubs, after-school programs or religious youth groups. And be sure to let your kids know that you dont want them using marijuana. Marijuana is harmless. Smoking marijuana is every bit as bad as smoking cigarees, and you already know how dangerous tobacco is to your health. Its not addictive. More kids enter drug treatment for marijuana than for all other illicit drugs combined. It cant cause any real problems in the long term. If youre smoking marijuana, you could do things that jeopardize your future, like having sex or geing in trouble with the law. Marijuana makes you mellow. Not always. Marijuana use is associated with violent behavior. Kids who use marijuana weekly are four times more likely to engage in violent behavior than those who don Marijuanas not as popular as new drugs like ecstasy. More kids use marijuana than cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and all other illicit drugs combined. Sixty percent of kids who use illicit drugs use marijuana only. If Ismoke marijuana, Im not hurting anyone else. Marijuana trafficking is abi often violent business, at home and abroad. And if you get caugh it will really hurt your parents. Time and again, kids say their parents are the single most important influence when it comes to drugs. So this message needs to start with you. Kids need to hear how risky marijuana use can be. Dont wait until your child has aproblem. The earlier you talk to your kids about marijuana, the less likely they will be to use i Find atime like driving your child to school or soccer practice and use it as an opportunity to talk. Tell your kids how marijuana interferes with concentrating on schoolwork or their ability to play sports. Explain the legal trouble they can get into and let them know they could lose ajob or ascholarship. Tell them how to stay away from risky situations and what words to use if someone offers them marijuana. YO U CA N HE LP KE EP YO UR KI DS SA FE FR OM DR UG S. TW O- TH IR DS OF KI DS SA Y TH AT LO SI NG TH EI R PA RE NT S RE SP EC T IS ON E OF TH E MA IN RE AS ON S TH EY DO N T US E DR UG S. Good News Marijuana is riskier than you think, especially for kids. If youre not talking to your kids about the risks of marijuana, they might be geing the wrong message. Its anatural plan how bad could it be? TE EN , HO US TO N, TX Its hard to imagine your child using marijuana. But chances are, kids today will be faced with, Should Ior shouldnt I? Young people have many stresses and the notion that drugs will make you feel beer can have alot of appeal. Also, youth might see drugs as something to experiment with or that can help them fit in. Research has shown that many parents today are ambivalent about marijuana. Some consider it to be relatively risk-free and are more concerned about drugs such as cocaine or ecstasy. The wake-up call for parents, however, is that marijuana is not aharmless dru Its time to teach your child that the answer to the marijuana question is, Ishouldn and Iwon If you suspect that your child is using marijuana, you can get help by contacting your childs school counselor, family physician or pediatrician. To learn more about the risks of marijuana use and its signs and symptoms, visit www.The Anti Drucom or call the National Clearinghouse for Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI) at (800) 788-2800. For information about adrug treatment center close to you, visit www.findtreatmensamhsaov or call NCADI at the number listed above. The Office of National Drug Control Policys National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign is conducting anational initiative to educate Americans about the negative consequences of marijuana use among youth. The initiative involves some of the Nations most respected youth-servin parenting and public health organizations to help debunk popular misconceptions about marijuana. Wake Up to the Risks of Marijuana PARENTS. TH E AN TI - DR UG .