Impact on Youth2017-02-28T09:25:37+00:00

Impact on Youth

  • A recent study found those who used marijuana heavily as adolescents and continued through adulthood showed a permanent drop in IQ points.1
  • More Nevada teens are in treatment for marijuana dependence than for all other illicit drugs combined.2
  • 1 in 6 teens who use marijuana will become addicted, and the number rises to 1 in 4 teens who try it in 8th grade or younger.3
  • THC, the psychoactive ingredient in the marijuana plant, alters the brain which can lead to:4
    • Short-term memory loss
    • Decreased motivation
    • Poor attention
    • Poor judgment
    • Loss of coordination
    • Depression
    • Psychotic episodes
  • Common risk factors include the availability of drugs, whether your peers and friends use drugs, parental attitudes and acceptance of drug use.5
  • Long-term studies conducted in Australia and New Zealand found that individuals who used marijuana on a daily basis before the age of 17 are 60% less likely to graduate high school, along with being 7 times more likely to commit suicide and 8 times more likely to become addicted to other illicit drugs.6
  1. Meier et al. Proceeding of the National Academy of Science. 2012.
  2. Nevada Youth Risk Behavior Survey.2015.
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse. 2013.
  4. Neuropsychopharmacology Journal. 2006.
  5. National Institute on Drug Abuse. 2003.
  6. Partnership for Drug-Free Kids. 2014.