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

  • Marijuana in the 70's had THC levels of 15-20% and now it's up to 90% or more in edibles, waxes, and vapes.  
  • 1 in 11 middle & high-school students report using an e-cigarette or pocket-size vape devices for marijuana, hash oil or wax.
  • Marijuana can lead to learning and memory deficits.
  • Children who try marijuana are nearly 10X more likely to become dependent on it than adults.
  • Marijuana accounts for 67% of adolescent substance abuse treatment admissions.  

Rx Pain Relievers and Heroin

  • Opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin as well as legal prescription pain relievers such as: oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, etc.
  • More than 130 people in the US die each day after overdosing on opioids. 
  • Every year over 2,000 15-24 year-olds die from a drug-related overdose attributable to opiods.  
  • 1/3 of high school seniors say that prescription opioids are easily available.
  • The first place that children and adolescents get prescription drugs are from medicine cabinets, friends, or relatives.

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

  • These are prescription stimulants that are used to treat ADHD and ADD.
  • They are either ingested in pill form, snorted, or injected.  
  • 1 in 5 college students report having misused prescription stimulants.  
  • Youth and college students report misusing them to improve academic performance, lose weight, and to get high.  
  • Side effects from misuse can be psychosis, seizures, and sudden cardiac death.


  • Cocaine is a highly addictive stimulant.  
  • Most commonly found in a white powdered form which is snorted.  
  • Sometimes it is made into a smokable rock known as crack or its mixed with heroin and injected (speedball). 
  • Dealers may mix it with other drugs including amphetamines or fentanyl to increase profits. 
  • Cocaine use can lead to sudden death, even on the first use. 

ECSTASY (Club Drugs)

  • Designer drug also known as MDMA. 
  • Ecstasy (also called, “e”, “x”, “molly” or “adam”).
  • It's a synthetic, psychoactive (mind-altering) drug with hallucinogenic and amphetamine-like properties. 
  • High doses of MDMA can affect the body’s ability to regulate temperature which can result in liver, kidney, or heart failure or even death. 
  • Ecstasy was originally associated with the teen rave scene.                                                                                                                                     


Vaping (Mods, Juuling, E-cigarettes)


  • Vaping is not safe for children, adolescents, and young adults.
  • Most devices contain nicotine which is highly addictive.  
  • Nicotine affects brain development and functioning.
  • These products are also used for marijuana and synthetic drug use.
  • Use of these products is renormalizing smoking behaviors.

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