More and more states are decriminalizing and legalizing marijuana. Marijuana education is increasingly important as perceptions of the risk associated with marijuana use change. Marijuana use can severely impact you and those around you. It can lead to psychosis, impair learning, cause problems later in life, impair driving ability, and more.
As more states legalize marijuana, teen's risk perception of marijuana decreases.¹ And as summer boredom sets in, teens are more likely to smoke marijuana in the coming months. Despite teens lowered risk-perception, there are still dangers to marijuana use:
It’s no secret that teen e-cigarette use, or vaping, has skyrocketed in recent years. According to the 2018 National Youth Tobacco Survey, there was a 78% increase among high schoolers and a 48% increase among middle schoolers who used e-cigarettes. Rates rose so much that the FDA declared teen vaping an epidemic and many states are responding by raising their tobacco purchase age to 21.
According to research done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 45% of adults in the United States are using prescription medication. According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), about 55% of adults have drunk alcohol in the past month.
Why is that important?
Even though both of these activities are legal, they can still be dangerous, especially when combined. It’s critical that a person who is using more than one substance understands the potential negative consequences of mixing drug classes.
Resilience is the ability to bounce back from a difficult situation or to cope with stress or adversity. Stress can come in many forms: relationship struggles, sickness (your own or that of a loved one), drastic change in your environment, isolation, or uncertainty.
A resilient person is more likely to: