How easy is it for your teens to get their hands on marijuana? The answer will likely encourage you to sit down with your teen for a serious talk.
According to the CDC, more than 38 percent of high school students have reported using marijuana at some point. Five percent say they tried marijuana before turning 13. It’s an alarming number that likely hits closer to home than you realize.
Where Do Teens Get Marijuana?
Over 21 percent of high school students say they’ve been offered, sold, or given illegal drugs on school property. Unfortunately, marijuana use can have permanent effects on the brain, especially with prolonged use. The developing brain of adolescents is highly affected by drug use.
Signs of Marijuana Use
Keep an eye out for:
- A decline in school performance
- Difficulties with memory or coordination
- Moodiness and trouble paying attention
Talk to your teen.
You are your teen’s strongest protection against illegal drug influence. Talk with your teen and ask them where they’re going, who they’re going with, and what time they’ll be home. Listen to your student and refrain from lecturing. Share and agree on rules and boundaries with your teenager, check in on them while they’re out, and get to know your child’s teachers and their friends’ parents.
For more information on teens and marijuana use, check out the Anti-Drug Coalition website, adctusc.org.