Good News Ument 16.10.2015


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 .           

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