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Marijuana presents issues for today’s youth:

  • 1/3 of HS seniors used marijuana in 2020 (MTF 2020)
  • Marijuana has been linked to depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts in teens (NIDA)
  • 1 out of 6 teens who smoke marijuana develop an addiction (NIDA)
  • Marijuana alters brain development (NIDA)
  • This can impact thinking, memory, and learning in the teen years into adulthood (NIDA)

Rx Pain Relievers and Heroin

  • 1 out of 7 High School students have misused prescription opioids (YRBS 2019)
  • Opioids include heroin and prescription opioid pain relievers
  • Prescription opioids: oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl, etc.
  • Teens prescribed opioids are 33% more likely to misuse the drug after HS graduation (SAMHSA)
  • 1 out of 5 HS seniors report that heroin is "fairly" or "very" easy to get (MTF 2020)

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

  • Medications generally used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy (NIDA)
  • They can be ingested in pill form, snorted, smoked or injected
  • Side effects similar to cocaine i.e., paranoia and dangerously high body temperatures (SAMHSA)
  • Youth misuse to improve academic performance, lose weight, and get high
  • 1 in 7 male college students report having misused Adderall (NIDA)


  • Cocaine is a powerfully addictive stimulant (NIH)
  • Dealers may mix with other drugs including amphetamines or fentanyl to increase profits (NIH)
  • 1/2 of HS seniors do not believe that there is a "great risk" of harm in trying cocaine once or twice (MTF2020)
  • 1/3 of HS seniors do not believe that there is "great risk" of harm in using cocaine occasionally (MTF2020)
  • Death from an overdose can occur on the first use (NIH)


MDMA (Club Drugs)

  • Synthetic drugs that alter mood and perception (NIDA)
  • Common names include Ecstasy, “E”, “X”, Molly or Adam
  • Side effects can include kidney, liver, or heart failure or even death (NIDA)
  • 47% of HS seniors do not believe that trying MDMA once or twice is a "great risk" of harm (MTF2020)                                                                                                                      

Vaping (Mods, Juuling, E-cigarettes)


  • 73% of High School seniors do not believe that there is a "great risk" of harm to vape nicotine occasionally (MTF 2020)
  • Young people who use nicotine products in any form are uniquely at risk for long-lasting effects (NIDA)
  • Nicotine vaping can lead to nicotine addiction (NIDA)
  • Vaping nicotine also makes other drugs such as cocaine more pleasurable to the teenage brain (NIDA)
  • Students who vape nicotine are more likely to smoke cigarettes (NIDA)
  • Nicotine affects the development of brain circuits that control attention and learning (NIDA)

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