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Marijuana presents some new issues for today’s youth including:

  • Today’s marijuana is significantly more powerful than the marijuana of the 70’s.
  • Teens are smoking weed at a much earlier age (early adolescence)
  • Instead of only smoking marijuana joints, young people are now likely to be smoking marijuana cigars (blunts), using hookahs, as well as edibles.
  • Research shows marijuana can lead to learning and memory deficits, and because of its high THC percentage today, can cause both psychological and physical dependence.


  • Synthetic cannabis (marijuana)
  • herbal and chemical product that mimics the effect of marijuana.
  • sold under other names such as ‘K2’.

Rx Pain Relievers and Heroin

  • Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin as well as legal prescription pain relievers such as: oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and others.
  • 21.5 million Americans 12 or older have a substance use disorder( 2014)
  • 1.9 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers
  • 586,000 had a substance use disorder involving heroin.
  • 467,000 adolescents current nonmedical users of pain relievers
  • 168,000 adolescents having an addiction to prescription pain relievers.
  • An estimated 28,000 American adolescents had used heroin in the past year (2014)
  • An estimated 16,000 American adolescents are current heroin users. Additionally,
  • An estimated 18,000 American adolescents had a heroin use disorder in 2014.
  • People often share their unused pain relievers, unaware of the dangers of nonmedical opioid use.
  • Most adolescents who misuse prescription pain relievers are given them for free by a friend or relative.
  • 48,000 women died of prescription pain reliever overdoses between 1999 and 2010.
  • Prescription pain reliever overdose deaths among women increased more than 400% from 1999 to 2010, compared to 237% among men.
  • Heroin overdose deaths among women have tripled from 2010 through 2013

Rx Stimulants (i.e., Ritalin, Adderall):

  • These are stimulants that are used to treat ADHD and ADD.
  • They cause the user to feel more focused and attentive.
  • People who are NOT prescribed these drugs, and use them can also experience rapid deterioration of their muscles and impaired coordination.
  • Use of these drugs can result in hallucinations, paranoia and psychosis.


  • Highly addictive
  • white powder most often snorted
  • Sometimes smokable rock known as crack
  • Highly addictive stimulant
  • Synthetic forms include crystal meth, meth, crank

ECSTASY (Club Drugs)

  • Designer drug also known as MDMA.
  • Ecstasy (also called, “e”, “x”, “molly” or “adam”)
  • Has both stimulant and hallucinogenic properties
  • Has the same risks associated with these classifications of drugs.
  • Ecstasy is associated with the teen rave scene.

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