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Amendment 64
Marijuana: What’s the Truth
What Experts Say
How To Get Help
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Marijuana Addiction
How to Get Help

Marijuana Addiction Problem is Getting Worse
How Big is the Problem

Download Marijuana Abuse PDFThe average age of those admitted to treatment for marijuana during 2007 was 24 years.

The latest treatment data indicate that in 2008 marijuana accounted for 17 percent of admissions to treatment facilities in the United States, second only to opiates among illicit substances. Marijuana admissions were primarily male (74 percent), white (49 percent), and young (30 percent were in the 12-17 age range). Those in treatment for primary marijuana abuse had begun use at an early age: 56 % by age 14.

Currently, no medications are available to treat marijuana abuse
But research is active in this area.

Scientists continue to investigate the medicinal properties of THC and other cannabinoids to better evaluate and harness their ability to help patients suffering from a broad range of conditions, while avoiding the adverse effects of smoked marijuana. These efforts are bound to improve our understanding of the cannabinoid system and help us bring to market a new generation of safe and effective medications.    Although no medications are currently available, recent discoveries about the workings of the cannabinoid system offer promise for the development of medications to ease withdrawal, block the intoxicating effects of marijuana, and prevent relapse.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse

What Discourages Youth Drug Use?

The one thing we have learned about what discourages youth drug use is the perception of risk.  When young people perceive "great risk" associated with using illegal drugs they are far less likely to use. 

What Treatment Options Are Available?

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides an on-line resource for locating drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs.

  • Private and public facilities that are licensed, certified, or otherwise approved for inclusion by their state substance abuse agency.
  • Treatment facilities administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Indian Health Service and the Department of Defense.

Another secret weapon on the war on drugs are the 12 Step Programs. (Alcoholics Anonymous; Narcotics Anonymous and particulary for families - Al-Anon Meetings). 

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When young people understand the "Great Risk of using drugs; they are less likely to use.

 Getting Tough on Gateway Drugs: A Guide for the Family 
 Robert L. Dupont (Author)  - Foreward by Ann Landers