Friday, June 18, 2010

Pot use rises in summer months for teens

Tri-County Times (Fenton, MI) June 16:

"Summer vacation means more free time, and even boredom, for teens. National studies show many try marijuana during summer months. Forty percent of teens who smoke marijuana first tried it during the summer, according to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. Approximately 5,800 teenagers try marijuana for the first time, each day, in early June and July. Using the drug seems to make teens more aggressive, said Chief Pete VanDriessche of the Linden Police Department. If they use marijuana and drive, it can result in accidents. In addition, marijuana use seems to give teens a sense of 'being invincible,' he said. Signs parents can look for are school grades going down, and a completely different set of friends than the teen had before. In addition, the teenager might act like he or she always is hiding something. Eyes might be bloodshot, and the teen could be losing weight, VanDriessche said. He or she might not be as concerned with his/her appearance..."
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