NIDA for Teens: The Science Behind Drug Abuse
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Sara Bellum
January 05, 2010

The SBB enters 2010 with excitement and hope for a great new year and, as always, we are welcoming your feedback about the Blog. Take a look at Question #3 and let us know what you think!

Question #3: What would you like to know more about when it comes to the science behind drugs and their effects?

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Please remember, even though we've posted a third question, you can still respond to Question #1 and Question #2. Either way, we look forward to hearing from you!

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Exactly, what are the scientific facts regarding the ramifications (both physically and psychological) of smoking marijuana?

@momofsmokers
Like most other drugs, marijuana the parts of your brain involved in making plans, solving problems, and making decisions. So in the short-term, you could increase your chances of doing something dangerous while high--like driving and getting into an accident. In the longer term, you could become addicted. How? Because repeated drug use changes the brain (and the body), even if it takes a while. One NIDA researcher took a survey of people who had used marijuana regularly for many years. The marijuana users reported less satisfaction with their lives and more physical and mental health problems, which they attributed to the marijuana. They also had worse academic and job outcomes and lower salaries than a group of people from similar backgrounds who did not smoke marijuana. Some people are more likely than others to have problems when they do drugs, including getting addicted. We still don't know all the reasons why, but genetics and a bunch of other factors--age of first use, other mental health problems, stress, family difficulties, peers that use drugs--all affect the chances of someone getting addicted or having other problems from drug use. Read more about it.

wow I'm scared she was UGLAY i 8nt finna look like that

i dont do drugs and i never will to clarify my other comment :)

Brilliant post mate, keep up the good work.Don’t stop writing, you’ve given me lots of good info! Thanks a lot...

why were drugs even invented, like its so stupid becasue a lot of teens do it wether its by pressure or just bc everyone elce is doing it . our society is so courrpted and messed up its not even funny. Teens and older ppl dont relize how effecctive these drugs can be. its so baddd .

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