Health & Addiction2017-02-28T09:25:38+00:00

Health & Addiction

  • The number of emergency room visits have risen sharply across the United States and doubled in one year in Colorado among out-of-state tourists related to marijuana use. 1
  • Frequent use of marijuana is linked with other illicit drug use, suicide attempts and depression.2
  • Your biology can account for almost half of your vulnerability to addiction.3
  • There is no one determining factor that can predict drug abuse or addiction. 4
  • Fatal car crashes that involved marijuana tripled in the last ten years. 5
  • The psychoactive ingredient in the marijuana plant, THC, can alter the brain leading to short-term memory loss, decreased motivation, poor attention and judgment, loss of coordination, depression and psychotic episodes.6
  • Youth marijuana use could lead to multiple addictive behaviors into adulthood. 7
  • Regular marijuana use (50 times or more a year) is strongly related to the onset of other illicit drug use. 8
  • 10% of people who try marijuana become addicted and that number increases up to 50% among daily users.9
  1. Howard Kim, et al. New England Journal of Medicine. 2016.
  2. Fergusson, David and Joseph Boden. Christchurch Health and Development Study, NZ.
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse. 2016.
  4. National Institute on Drug Abuse. 2012.
  5. Brady, Joanne E. and Li, Guohua. American Journal of Epidemiology. 2014.
  6. Drug Info. Drug Enforcement Administration. 2016.
  7. Volkow, Nora D., et al. the New England Journal of Medicine. 2014.
  8. Fergusson, DM, and LJ Horwood. Addiction Journal. 2000.
  9. National Institute on Drug Abuse. National Institutes of Health. 2011.