MYTH: MADD says kids shouldn’t have access to marijuana, but marijuana isn’t as bad as alcohol, I mean at least it is not addictive.

Marijuana is very addictive!  In fact in 2016 over 4 million people were diagnosed with substance use disorder due to marijuana use.  Marijuana that is produced and sold not has a much higher content of THC than what was seen on the market in the 60’s and 70’s.  Just like with alcohol, the young brain is not ready to protect teens against drugs like marijuana and alcohol.

References
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). Key substance use and mental health indicators in the United States: Results from the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (HHS Publication No. SMA 17-5044, NSDUH Series H-52). Rockville, MD: Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Retrieved from https://www.samhsa.gov/data/
Citation: NIDA. Marijuana. National Institute on Drug Abuse website.
https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/marijuana.Updated August 1, 2017.

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