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Teen Marijuana Use on the Rise: Dangerous Trend or Not a Big Deal?

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Bad news for parents today. Teen marijuana use is on the rise, with nearly 1 in 10 smoking weed at least 20 or more times a month (up from 5 percent in 2008), according to a new survey, The Associated Press reports.



According to the report by The Partnership at Drugfree.org, released Wednesday, use of "hard" drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine has stabilized in recent years, and abuse of prescription meds may be slowing down among high school kids. But past-month usage of marijuana grew from 19 percent in 2008 to 27 percent last year.

“Parents are talking about cocaine and heroin, things that scare them," Partnership President Steve Pasierb told the AP. "Parents are not talking about prescription drugs and marijuana. They can't wink and nod. They need to be stressing the message that this behavior is unhealthy."

Another scary stat: Teens who smoked pot 20 times or more a month were almost twice as likely as kids who used marijuana less frequently to use ecstasy, cocaine or crack. Do you think teen pot-smokers are headed in a dangerous direction?
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  • Sterling 2012/05/03 19:46:22 (edited)
    Not a Big Deal
    Sterling
    +25
    I would honestly rather have kids doing weed than drinking alcohol or smoking tobacco.

    Sure I would prefer they didn't do all of these things but when you look at the alternatives kids that want to get high really bad probably will, and if it's not marijuana it will probably be something dangerous. Whether that means drinking hand sanitizer, sniffing glue or markers, or choking themselves, it's probably worse than marijuana.

    Also marijuana is less addictive then drugs like nicotine, alcohol, or caffeine, and it doesn't typically result in the irresponsibility that alcohol does. So it really does seem like the lesser of all evils in this case.

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  • Sakus<3 ♡Short ... 2012/05/04 10:38:56
    Sakus<3
    +3
    Why is that? Pot is not dangerous. It basically makes you really laid back, hungry, and a lot of people get creative. Pot is less harmful than alcohol or drugs.
  • TC 2012/05/04 06:16:01
    Not a Big Deal
    TC
  • fvckurpride 2012/05/04 06:14:01
    Not a Big Deal
    fvckurpride
    stoners dont scare me. rather they smoke and veg out than doing god knows what else.
  • TheNightFly 2012/05/04 06:01:22 (edited)
    Dangerous Trend
    TheNightFly
    +1
    There's a reason they call it 'dope'. But what do you suppose is stimulating this rise in marijuana use among teens? Could it be the over-blown controversy over prohibition? Another reason to end prohibition.
  • cellophane 2012/05/04 05:52:11
    Dangerous Trend
    cellophane
    +3
    I think any type of increasing drug use, legal or illegal, is a dangerous trend. But I'm no more worried about teens and weed than I am the adults begging their doctors to start them on the latest drug they saw advertised on TV.
  • rosesvengeance BN-0 2012/05/04 05:24:46
    Not a Big Deal
    rosesvengeance BN-0
    +2
    The reason the Harder drugs are not increasing is because more people are using marijuana. Also kids are getting smarter(more education about drugs and parents that talk openly about it) and they don't want to do things that could get them killed. Mary Jane doesn't kill. death from pot
  • singforthetearxoxox 2012/05/04 05:19:27
    Dangerous Trend
    singforthetearxoxox
    +2
    Yeah, it's better that it's marijuana rather than it being cocaine, heroin, or any other drug that could possibly kill the person using it. But...marijuana still isn't doing any good for anyone, unless you're a sick patient in a hospital or if you've been in an intense combat during war and need a way to relax your mind. But how will it be benefiting teenagers? It won't. All it will lead to is an apathetic attitude towards school and things that are important. And marijuana is a lot more dangerous than people realize. pot http://images.sodahead.com/pr...
  • rosesve... singfor... 2012/05/04 05:32:33 (edited)
    rosesvengeance BN-0
    +2
    did you make that pdf yourself because your supposed myths in fact are mostly truths. No one can overdose on Marijuana, but you can overdose on caffeine. Marijuana does help cancer patients, it is a natural pain killer and works much better and is safer than things prescribed to patients. the only myth you have that is right is that marijuana is not popular, because it is very popular in fact.
    You have been brainwashed by the government like so many other people out there. This chart shows you the real reason it was banned. It is all because it threatens the big industries of oil and lumber/paper, etc. hemp uses
    as you can see it could put other companies out of business, because of it's many uses and because it's so easy to grow.
  • Stoner rosesve... 2012/05/04 19:00:13
    Stoner
    +1
    your pic is better than mine hemp
  • rosesve... Stoner 2012/05/04 19:09:03
    rosesvengeance BN-0
    +1
    you may use if if you want to. :) spread the word.
  • Stoner rosesve... 2012/05/04 19:14:48
    Stoner
    +1
    cool thanks... been tryng to spread word since i was like 13 years old lol
  • Stoner singfor... 2012/05/04 07:57:57
    Stoner
    +1
    Sorry but that post is all lies!!
  • alex singfor... 2012/05/04 17:42:05
    alex
    +1
    do some REAL, NONBIASED, research. you literally are proving nothing by posting that picture other than the fact that you are not educated on cannabis.
  • rosesve... alex 2012/05/04 19:13:20
    rosesvengeance BN-0
    +1
    your supposed research is biased you hypocrite. I have done my research through many different places and the truth that comes out is that marijuana was made illegal because it competes with big companies like lumber/paper, oil, and the big pharma.
    Other research has proven that it can help tons of medical problems including cancer.
    And it has also been proven that the gateway theory is a myth. It has also been proven and is available in public records that marijuana has never been the direct cause of death.
  • alex rosesve... 2012/05/05 01:06:34
    alex
    You're preaching to the wrong choir silly, I KNOW all that.
  • rosesve... alex 2012/05/04 19:16:01 (edited)
    rosesvengeance BN-0
    +1
    just watch the beginning few minutes.
  • Stoner rosesve... 2012/05/04 19:20:00
    Stoner
    lol on fav movies here on this profile i meant not facebook
  • rosesve... Stoner 2012/05/04 19:22:17 (edited)
    rosesvengeance BN-0
    +1
    lol ok I get it. just looked at your profile and you have that movie listed as one of your favorites! cool
  • Stoner rosesve... 2012/05/04 19:42:46
    Stoner
    +1
    got to stick together ...only way the truth will get out!!
  • Stoner singfor... 2012/05/04 18:39:39
    Stoner
    +1
    i dont understand why a person has to get sick before he/she can use it...That somehow gives you a right to use it?"O ok he wont be here to much longer its ok for him to use."(the way the government thinks IMO)Makes no sense what so ever!!
  • Stoner singfor... 2012/05/04 19:03:45
  • Figment 2012/05/04 04:30:37
    Dangerous Trend
    Figment
    +2
    Not my kids. Marijuana may not be deadly or harmful, but it's not beneficial (for most healthy people). The long-term effects of marijuana have not been studied. I doubt that any good can come of kids doing recreational drugs. There's a reason why being a 'pothead' is a bad thing.
  • The Inc... Figment 2012/05/04 10:27:10
    The Incurable Pessimist
    I say let weak idiots die.
    They want to smoke weed and do drugs and drink alcohol and have coitus, go ahead you dumb idiots but do it without affecting me. Better rid the world of the waste and let the good educational minded teenagers come to the forefront.
  • ItsYaFace The Inc... 2012/05/04 11:07:02
    ItsYaFace
    The 'waste' of the world works as manual labourers, and until we find an alternate solution to the problem, the idiotic teenagers who waste their lives on harmful past-times are relative.

    Not that I don't agree with you, they are a waste of space.
  • Mr.Hood... The Inc... 2012/05/04 12:23:15
    Mr.Hoodz the Truth Troll
    +3
    There are ivy league grads that smoke marijuana. It's not smart to judge other Miss I'm so educated.
  • \V/ The Inc... 2012/05/04 16:26:24
  • Stoner The Inc... 2012/05/04 20:41:45
    Stoner
    what part dont you understand?Cannabis (Marijuana) 0 deaths
  • Stoner The Inc... 2012/05/04 20:45:16
    Stoner
    your in luck ...no way i would hang around your uniformed ass that judges someone thats does something yo u dont like...
  • alex Figment 2012/05/04 17:49:02
    alex
    +2
    actually, the long term effects HAVE been studied. i recognize that as a parent, you dont want your kids getting high, even if the plant is harmless. but atleast look into it before you assume that your assumption is correct.
    http://www.webmd.com/mental-h...
    http://articles.latimes.com/2...
    http://well.blogs.nytimes.com...
  • acacia86 2012/05/04 04:25:03 (edited)
    Not a Big Deal
    acacia86
    +1
    it isn't a big deal if you're healthy. I'll say it again, it depends on how healthy you are *before* starting to use, both in body and mind.



    If someone let's say, had schizohrenia, had a hallucination, used marijuana which is sometimes a mood enhancer, depending on the individual, went out and killed someone because the hallucination intensified... That's a big deal!! Same if someone were a chronic asthmatic, used, had an asthma attack and died, or if they were allergic and died as a result of it (yes you can be allergic to Marijuana even though it's natural. People are allergic to trees, flowers and grass and that's natural too) that's a big deal too.



    The flip side to this, is that marijuana is proven effective in treating anorexia. That's probably the only medical condition I can fully condone using marijuana to self medicate against. Using weed to treat aches and pains is not a good thing. Pain means something's wrong and should be brought to a physician's attention if it becomes constant and if legal medications cannot control the pain, as it could be a sign that the condition is worsening and further action may be required to relieve the pain, or it could be a sign that a condition is progressing and turning into something else. Rhumatoid arthritis is very painful, it's true, but it also puts you at a slightly increased risk for other conditions.
  • Stoner acacia86 2012/05/05 04:52:59
    Stoner
    watch this and see if it changes you mind...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?...
  • Stoner acacia86 2012/05/05 14:00:04
  • hilda 2012/05/04 04:08:48
    Not a Big Deal
    hilda
    not a big deal whatsoever. it's better than having them get hooked on coke or heroin. besides, it's not addicting and i'm pretty sure they can function just fine after a few pulls.
  • Macy 2012/05/04 03:43:00
    Dangerous Trend
    Macy
    +1
    Omg at school today i saw a chick get a bag of white powder, throw it on the ground, and run. I told a teacher nearby and told her and shw saod or was salt.... im pretty sure it wasnt salt!!!
  • alex Macy 2012/05/04 17:53:58
    alex
    lol nice story, but whats that gotta do with cannabis?
  • Rachel 2012/05/04 03:42:32
    Not a Big Deal
    Rachel
    ...as long as they don't let it take over who they are. Drugs of any kind - including alcohol - should not take over your life and ruin or inhibit in any way one's goals, ambitions, relationships, and personality. It should never define you.
  • aahhhhhhh 2012/05/04 03:39:47
    Not a Big Deal
    aahhhhhhh
    +1
    Pot!!! The best and safest anti-psychotic on the market. When I was a kid it was like 5 in 10 smoking and when my parents were young it was like 9 in 10. Lets get those #'s back up there.
  • bob h. 2012/05/04 03:37:52
    Not a Big Deal
    bob h.
    Death rate from grass is zero; never happened. Death rate from prescription drugs, from Drs. is well over twice as many as from illegal drugs.
  • thisguy:) 2012/05/04 03:30:20
    Not a Big Deal
    thisguy:)
    i wanna say it's more then 1 in 10 :P i think it's 50/50 with kids in schools around here
  • TheBorg 2012/05/04 03:30:10
    Dangerous Trend
    TheBorg
    +2
    A number of studies have shown an association between chronic marijuana use and increased rates of anxiety, depression, and schizophrenia. Some of these studies have shown age at first use to be an important risk factor...

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