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Marijuana Teen Questions


Answers to Teen’s Questions about Drugs

1. Can smoking marijuana harm or even kill me? Marijuana is not usually toxic enough to kill you, but if you mix this drug with other drugs or do something that requires brain skills and coordination (like driving a car), then yes, smoking "pot" can kill you. Marijuana affects nerve cells in the part of the brain where memories are formed, so someone who has smoked marijuana may have difficulty studying, remembering recent events, and handling complex tasks. This is why teenagers who get high and drive are involved in auto accidents.

2. What are the long term effects of smoking marijuana? Studies have shown that someone who smokes five joints may be taking in as many cancer-causing chemicals as someone who smokes a full pack of cigarettes. Also, heavy doses of marijuana may delay the onset of puberty in young men and disrupt the normal monthly menstrual cycle in young women.

3. Can smoking marijuana while pregnant harm an unborn baby? Babies born to mothers who regularly smoke marijuana are usually shorter, weigh less and have smaller head sizes than those whose mothers do not use the drug. Smaller babies are more likely to develop health problems. Studies show children of mothers who smoked marijuana have more serious system problems than those whose mothers did not.

4. Does smoking marijuana lead to other drugs? Very few people use other illegal drugs without first trying marijuana. Using marijuana puts you in contact with people who are users and sellers of other drugs. So, by smoking marijuana you will be exposed to more drugs and encouraged to try them. And, once high on pot, you might be more willing to try something stronger.

5.Can I be forced to take a drug test? It is your parents’ job to protect you from things that can harm you, so only your parents can insist that you take a drug test. However, employers, coaches, and others may ask you to take a drug test as a condition of participation in an organization. They may even require you to take follow-up drug tests once you have joined them. You do not have to take these tests, but if you don’t, you probably will not be allowed to stay in the organization. Still, it’s your choice.

6.Can I die of drinking too much alcohol? Yes, alcohol is a toxin (poison) in your blood. When you drink a lot of alcohol, you may get sick and throw-up. This is your body’s way of getting rid of the poison. If you drink too much and do not throw up, you can die. Unfortunately, you will not know while you are drinking that you have had enough to kill you, so it is best not to drink at all.

7.How does smoking marijuana increase the risks of getting drunk? Smoking marijuana suppresses your body’s instinctual need to throw-up bad thinks in your stomach. If you have been smoking pot while binge drinking, your body will not be able to purge when your blood alcohol level reaches a dangerous level. That is why each year we read about kids dying at college drinking parties. Too often they were also smoking pot.

8. If I get caught doing drugs, can that hurt my chances of getting into college? Getting into a good college is harder than every these days. Most community colleges and universities will look beyond the grades and check all of your high school student records. A history of drug use, possession, buying, or selling drugs may kill your chances of getting into the college or university of your choice.

9. Can I get into trouble for holding drugs for someone else? Yes. It does not matter where you keep them (in your backpack, locker, bedroom, etc.), if you have ANY illegal drugs in your possession, the police will consider them yours. You can go to jail for this. Never accept drugs or a package "to hold" for someone else. If you do not know what is inside, do not take it. It is not worth the risk.

10. If I think a friend is doing drugs, should I tell his parents or a teacher? Drugs can kill. It is that simple. A true friend cannot stand by and watch a friend hurt himself. You must get help by telling their parents, teacher, or another responsible adult about the abuse.

11. What should I do if I think my parents are abusing drugs? Parents are not perfect and sometimes parents abuse drugs too. As scary as it may seem, you have to help them. Call a responsible adult who cares for you, mom or dad (an aunt, uncle, grandparent, best friend, minister/rabbi or neighbor) and explain your concerns. They can help your parent get treatment and get your family back on track.

12. What are some of the harmful effects of smoking marijuana? The use of marijuana will impair or reduce short-term memory and comprehension, alter sense of time, and reduce ability to perform tasks requiring concentration and coordination, such as driving a car. Research also shows that people do not retain knowledge when they are "high." Cognition can be altered, making the acquisition of new information difficult. Marijuana can also produce paranoia and psychosis. Because users often inhale the unfiltered smoke deeply and then hold it in their lungs as long as possible, marijuana is damaging to the lungs and pulmonary system. Marijuana smoke contains more cancer-causing agents than tobacco smoke. Long-term users of marijuana can develop psychological dependence and require more of the drug to get the same effect. The drug then can become the center of their lives.

 

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