Moreover, a study of over 300 fraternal and identical twin pairs found that the twin who had used marijuana before the age of 17 had elevated rates of other drug use and drug problems later on, compared with their twin who did not use before age 17.Similar to the withdrawal symptoms of nicotine. People trying to quit report irritability, sleeping difficulties, craving and anxiety.A. Cessation of cannabis use that has been heavy and prolonged (i.e., usually daily or almost daily use over a period of at least a few months; however withdrawal symptoms have been observed among those with less frequent, but chronic use patterns)B. Three (or more) of the following develop typically within a week after Criterion A: 1. irritability, anger, or aggression 2. nervousness or anxiety 3. sleep difficulty (e.g., insomnia, disturbing dreams) 4. decreased appetite or weight loss 5. restlessness 6. depressed mood 7. at least one of the following physical symptoms causing significant discomfort: stomach pain, shakiness/tremors, sweating, fever, chills, or headacheC. The symptoms in Criterion B cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.D. The symptoms are not associated with another medical condition and are not better accounted for by another psychiatric disorder.
Long term study compared people of similar backgrounds and income levels, current and former long-term heavy users vs control group (not more than 50 times in life) and significant differences were found: fewer of the heavy users of cannabis completed college, more had yearly incomes of less than $30,000
Today’s drug contains 5-10 times the amount of THC than was present 40 years ago.
This is what Amendment 64 does:Allows people 21 years old or older to have up to one ounce of marijuana and can use it at their home or propertyAllows someone 21 years old or older to grow up to 6 marijuana plants at their home or property Asks the state of Colorado to come up with rules for growing and selling marijuana
Things Teens Say…And Things You Can Say Back “It’s legal. Anyone can smoke it.” Colorado voters decided that it should be legal for adults 21 and older to use marijuana, like some adults use alcohol. It doesn’t mean it’s safe to use and people have to be careful with it, just like they do with alcohol.“Since it’s legal, I can’t get into trouble for using it.” You can definitely get into trouble since you’re still under 21, and remember that it is still illegal in most other states in the country and by federal laws. Know that if you choose to use it, you can get in trouble at school, with the law, and even get arrested. This decision could really impact your future goals in a bad way. “It grows in the ground and it’s legal, so it’s not that bad.” That’s not true. There are lots of other legal drugs that can be bad for your health. Alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana are legal for Colorado adults to use, but that doesn’t mean they are always safe. And they’re not safe or healthy for any teens. Using marijuana affects your memory, your ability to learn, and your ability to make good decisions. “Marijuana is safer than alcohol, and alcohol kills a lot more people.” People can die a lot of ways from using drugs, and alcohol is also a drug. With alcohol, some people die from using too much, which is why I don’t want you to use alcohol either. Just because we don’t see people dying right away from marijuana use doesn’t mean it’s healthy or safe. What I really want you to know is that all drugs are bad for you in different ways and none of them are safe or healthy.
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Marijuana and Your Teen
What does Adams County PreventionPartnership do?!• Group of professionals, community leaders,parents, and youth working to preventunderage drinking and drug use inAdams County• Provide community education to parents,adults, and youth; sponsor community events• Online resources
Parent Workshop Overview1. Marijuana – what it is/does, why it’s aproblem2. Adams County Numbers3. Signs of Use in Your Teens4. Group Discussion5. Ways to Start Talking to Your Teens6. Questions & Wrap-up7. Gift Card Drawing
Facts About MarijuanaMarijuana is the most commonly used drugand its use comes with physical, mental, andbehavioral effects. Marijuana users havebeen known to develop a dependency.Marijuana is smoked in hand-rolled joints,or through pipes or water pipes calledbongs. It can also be used to make tea ormixed into foods.NIDA 2012
What is it About Pot?!• Along with euphoria,relaxation, and heightenedsenses, marijuana impairsa person’s ability to formnew memories• Makes you lesscoordinated and losebalance• May induce delusions,hallucinations, and panic
What is marijuana dependence?Long term marijuana use can lead todependence; that is, people have difficultycontrolling their drug use and cannot stopeven though it interferes with many aspectsof their lives. About 1 in 6 people who startusing as teens will become dependent,which increases 25-50 percent if they usedaily.NIDA 2012
How it can affect school, work,and social lives…• Negative effects on attention, memory, andlearning that last days or weeks after use• Lower grades and more likely to drop out(research shows regular use can drop IQ up to8 points, which can never be regained…)• Marijuana users self-report lower self-satisfaction and achievementNIDA 2012
Medical MarijuanaMedicinal use of marijuana hasbeen researched and hotlydebated for years. Thecannabis plant has the potentialto relieve pain, control nausea,and stimulate appetite. Thereare FDA approved drugs in theUK and Canada using THC.Today’s drug contains 5-10 times the amountof THC than was present 40 years ago.
Why not regulate like Alcohol?To claim that communities need to regulatemarijuana, like they do alcohol, doesn’t domuch to protect your teens – Alcoholcontinues to kill more people each year thanall other drugs combined. Given the fact thatwe haven’t done such a great job controllingalcohol, what makes us feel we can do anybetter with marijuana?
Legal Consequences:• It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to use orpossess marijuana• Under Colorado law, any transfer to a minor is also a felonypunishable by 2 – 4 years in prison and a fine of $2,000 –$500,000. Any sale within 1000 feet of a school or publichousing area increases the penalties to 8 – 24 years inprison and a fine of $10,000 to $1,000,000.• ‘Cultivating, selling, or distributing marijuana violatesfederal law…[persons] in violation, are subject to…potentialprosecution’• The largest worry is that increased availability (whichcomes with legalization) historically leads to increased use
How many Adams County middleschool students have an adult in theirlife who wants them to do their best?A.8 of 10B.5 of 10C.7 of 10D.9 0f 10
Adams County students think howmany of their peers aresmoking cigarettes?A. 5 out of 10B. 7 out of 10C. 4 out of 10D. 8 out of 10
What percentage of AdamsCounty High School studentsare using marijuana?A.55%B.85%C.30%D.45%
Behavioral Signs of Pot Use:• Lack of motivation or ambition for activities that once excitedthe user.• Performance in school or in the workplace will begin to decline• Withdrawal from the family• Drastic change in peer group – An addict will often abandonpeer groups in favor of those who share similar desires andbehaviors, namely those engaging in drug use.• Personal hygiene may begin to suffer as he or she is lessconcerned with their public appearance.• Depressive style of mood. Marijuana addicts manifest many ofthe same characteristics as those suffering from depression. Anaddict will have a flat affect and mood; he or she will appearlazy and day-to-day functioning will start to deteriorate onevery major life level.• Reluctant, avoidant behavior
Physical Signs of Pot Use:Unlike alcohol, where the signs of use are often overtand overwhelming, a marijuana user can often concealtheir use in the event that they are under scrutiny,often with such simple remedies as a quick shower or afew drops of Visine.However, there are still some physical characteristicsthat can be used to identify if a loved one is usingmarijuana, available below:– Bloodshot eyes– Slowed speech– Averting eye contact or an unsteady gaze.– May be able to detect the smellCaron.org
Discussion Topics1. “It’s legal. Anyone can smoke it.”2. “Since it’s legal, I can’t get into trouble forusing it.”3. “It grows in the ground and it’s legal, so it’snot that bad.”4. “Marijuana is safer than alcohol, andalcohol kills a lot more people.”
What Can Parents Do?TALK WITH YOUR KIDS!It is one of the most powerful tools you can useto protect and connect with them.What is your biggestgoal this year?What is your perfectday?!What things do you likemost about yourself?!What are fourthings you cant livewithout?If money wasn’tan issue, whatone thing wouldyou do for yourbrothers andsisters?!
What Can Parents Do?• Be Honest, Ask Questions, Keep it Simple– Build trust with your children by answering theirquestions and turning the awkward ones intoteachable moments• Use the media (i.e. celebrity drug overdoses, themovie you’re watching, or the news)• Ask your neighbors, other parents, familymembers, and school staff to help!http://imgoingplaces.org/about-us/ acppco.org 2013
Don’t Play the Blame Game• “Don’t feel bad if you didn’t seethe warning signs until your childwas in trouble or until someonetold you about the problem.”• “In getting help for a child who isusing drugs, the first thing to do isto try not to blame yourself or yourchild.”
Questions?!Can you tell us an organization or groupwe should get in contact with!?Please fill out the evaluations and grabinfo on your way out about AdamsCounty Prevention Partnership!