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Marijuana & the brain. . .
- Marijuana can affect movement and coordination which can harm athletic performance.
- Marijuana can cause problems with memory and concentration, making it harder to learn something new.
- Marijuana can alter judgment. This can lead to other risky behavior.
Talk to the youth in your life to help them make safe and healthy choices and perform their best. For more information, check out our helpful links!
Marijuana is the most common illicit drug used by adolescents in Maine. Other commonly abused substances by youth include synthetic marijuana, prescription medications, glues, and aerosols found in the home. Use of marijuana and other drugs can lead to further experimentation and dependence among youth. Today’s marijuana is more potent than ever and drug use of any kind and can lead to dangerous health effects on a young, developing brain.
- 35% of Maine high students report smoking marijuana and 65% report there is not any harm
- 61% of Maine high students report that if they chose to smoke marijuana, it would be easy to get.
Access Health’s Efforts
- Promote prevention messages about teen marijuana use and tips for talking to youth
- Educate the community about the dangers of marijuana use and how it affects teens’ brains, bodies, and behaviors
- Participate in community discussions and presentations that focus on prevention of teen marijuana use
- Offer SIRP classes, a 12-hour educational, risk-reduction program for high school aged youth who are experimenting with marijuana, alcohol or other drugs.
- New Campaign! Talk About Marijuana With Your Teen Today – Maine Network of Healthy Communities
- Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know – National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
- Marijuana: Facts for Teens – NIDA
- What parents need to know about marijuana – Maine Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services (SAMHS)
- Marijuana Paraphenalia – Information for parents (SAMHS)
- Frequently asked questions about marijuana – Office of National Drug Control Policy
- Synthetic Drugs – including “spice”, Office of National Drug Control Policy
- How drug-related convictions can affect student loan eligibility – A FAFSA Fact Sheet
- You’re Not You When You Use Marijuana – Maine CDC
- Sweetser Crisis (1-888-568-1112)
- Student Intervention & Reintegration Program (SIRP) – A 12-hour education program for high school students experimenting or at risk for alcohol and drug abuse (207-373-6957)
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (1-800-499-0027)
- Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (1-855-DRUGFREE)