WHAT DRUG IN THE U.S.A. HAS THE HIGHEST RATE OF DEPENDENCE OR ABUSE?
The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that "marijuana accounted for 4.2 million of the estimated 6.9 million Americans dependent on or abusing illicit drugs.”
WHAT IS ADDICTION?
When a person becomes addicted to a substance it means that they can’t stop using the substance – even if they no longer want to or if using it is negatively impacting their life.
IS MARIJUANA ADDICTIVE?
Yes. "Over time…marijuana use can cause changes in the brain that lead to addiction.” Addiction to marijuana increases for users who start in their teens and for daily users. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 9% – about 1 in 11 – of people who use marijuana at least once become addicted.
WHAT ARE SOME SIGNS OF MARIJUANA ABUSE?
slow reaction time
loss of control
anxiety, paranoia, or fear
problems with learning and memory
insomnia (inability to sleep)
change in friends
less openness and honesty
declining school work and grades
ARE THERE TREATMENTS FOR PEOPLE ADDICTED TO MARIJUANA?
Currently, no FDA-approved medications exist for treating marijuana addiction. Behavioral therapies are available and are similar to those used for treating other substance addictions.
If you suspect someone close to you may be showing signs of marijuana abuse or dependence, seek help.
DRUGS, BRAINS AND BEHAVIOR:
THE SCIENCE OF ADDICTION
To learn more about addiction, see the National Institute of Health publication, Drugs, Brains and Behavior: The Science of Addiction. To view the publication and learn more about addiction, click here.
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services NIH Publication No. 14-4036. Revised March 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2015 from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/marijuana-facts-parents-need-to-know/letter-to-parents.
National Institute on Drug Abuse-Drug Facts: Nationwide Trends-Substance Dependence/Abuse and Treatment; link http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/nationwide-trends
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services NIH Publication No. 14-4036. Revised March 2014. Retrieved July 28, 2015 from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/marijuana-facts-parents-need-to-know/letter-to-parents
Lake County Underage Drinking and Drug Prevention Task Force @LakeCountyDFC. Retrieved July 29, 2015 from http://clearga.org/marijuana-and-addiction/