Important Signs to be Aware of
Over time more Highschool students believe that the use of marijuana leads to no risks or harm in performance over time. Studies show that marijuana interferes with motivation, memory, and learning. Students who use it regularly may be functioning at reduced intellectual level most times.
Negative effects of Marijuana Include:
- Difficulty thinking and problem solving
- Problems with memory and learning
- Impaired coordination
- Difficulty maintaining attention
- Decline in School Performance
- Potential for Addiction
- Increased risk of Mental Health Issues
(Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Marijuana Factsheets)
- About 9% of marijuana users become addicted. That number increases to 1 in 6 among users who start in adolescence, & to 25-50% among those who use daily. (2012 National Institute on Drug Abuse, NIH, Drug Facts)
- Drug-related student suspensions & expulsions increased 40% in Colorado schools from 2008/09 to 2013/14. (2015 Colorado Department of Education)
- Persistent marijuana use during adolescence can cause a long-term 8-point drop in IQ, & harm attention span & memory. (2012 National Academy of Sciences, Dunedin Study)
- College student daily marijuana use surpassed cigarette smoking for the 1st time, increasing to 5.9%, the highest level since 1980. (2014 Monitoring the Future Survey/University of Michigan)
Kids come up with some crafty places to conceal alcohol, drugs, and drug paraphernalia.
Here’s a short list of some possible hiding spots:
• Dresser drawers beneath or between clothes
• Desk drawers
• CD/DVD/Tape/Video cases
• Small boxes – jewelry, pencil, etc.
• Backpacks/duffle bags
• Under a bed
• In a plant, buried in the dirt
• In between books on a bookshelf
• Inside books with pages cut out
• Makeup cases – inside fake lipstick tubes or compacts
• Under a loose plank in floor boards
• Inside over-the-counter medicine containers (Tylenol, Advil, etc.)
• Inside empty candy bags such as M&Ms or Skittles
Let your child know that you are doing it out of concern for his or her health and safety. If you discover that your kid is not drinking or doing drugs, this could be a good time to find out if there’s something else that may be on their mind.