National Prevention Week: Illicit Drug Use & Youth Marijuana Use
Illicit drug abuse and addiction are real. In 2015, more than 50,000 died of drug overdoses nationwide. And in 2007, the latest data available from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, illicit drug use cost the U.S. $193 billion.
“Remember, drugs change brains—and this can lead to addiction and other serious problems,” the NIH says. “So, preventing early use of drugs or alcohol may go a long way in reducing these risks. If we can prevent young people from experimenting with drugs, we can prevent drug addiction.”
National research indicates some children as young as 12 are abusing drugs. The NIH provides a guide for parents who believe their child is struggling with drug abuse. They answer questions about how to ID substance use disorder, what to do if your child refuses to cooperate, and what to look for in a treatment center.
Prevention Management Organization of Wyoming also provides resources for people who want to learn more about harmful effects of marijuana use. Check those out here.