|SOSTANZE D'ABUSO: CANNABIS
DIECI BUONE RAGIONI PER FOCALIZZARSI SULL'UTILIZZO DELLA MARIJUANA (NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE FOR ALCOHOL AND DRUG INFORMATION)
TEN GOOD REASONS
TO FOCUS ON MARIJUANA USE
|If you are wondering
why you should make a special effort to try to stop the use of
marijuana in your community, look no further. The following facts
may be disturbing, but they will raise awareness and provide a
reason for mobilizing people in a community to action.
- Despite a slight decrease in use rates in 1996, marijuana
use has more than doubled among 12- to 17-year-olds since
1992. For a variety of reasons, many more young people are
trying marijuana and using it on a regular basis than were
doing so even a few years ago.
- Marijuana has devastating effects on individuals: stunting
emotional and intellectual skill growth, instilling a feeling
of apathy, compromising health, and exposing young people
to the drug culture when they are young and vulnerable.
- Marijuana is frequently mixed with other drugs (such as
PCP) to increase potency. Therefore it is impossible to predict
the strength of marijuana—or the effect the mixture is likely
to have, thereby increasing the danger.
- Greater supplies of more potent strains of marijuana are
available today than 10 years ago. We are dealing with increased
risk involved in the use of this drug—and more serious problems.
We all need to be reeducated about marijuana so that we can
help young people understand and avoid this dangerous substance.
- Marijuana hurts families: from the babies who are born to
users, to the teens who find themselves betraying the trust
of their parents and other caregivers, to the caregivers who
are confused and hurt by their children's use.
- Marijuana hurts communities. Violence and other crime have
been attributed directly to marijuana use; businesses pay
the costs of unmotivated, underskilled workers who are likely
to come to work high, use more sick leave, and file more worker's
compensation claims; and health care systems are overtaxed
by illnesses and casualties attributed to marijuana use.
- Some people perceive that marijuana is a relatively harmless
drug. Because media coverage of problems associated with marijuana
has been overshadowed by the dramatic coverage of drugs such
as crack and heroin, and because many of today's parents grew
up at a time when marijuana use was considered harmless, the
message about the real dangers of this drug has not been communicated
to young people.
- Almost all users of other drugs such as cocaine, crack and
heroin, currently use, or in the past used, marijuana. Therefore,
if we can help young people avoid becoming involved with marijuana,
we'll have a greater chance of helping them avoid problems
with other drugs as well.
- Families are confused about how they should address marijuana
with their children. Many parents and guardians would like
to talk with their children about marijuana and other drugs
but are not sure how. They need help!
- Young people often know less about marijuana than they do
about other drugs such as crack cocaine, cocaine, or heroin.
Although marijuana is usually one of the first illicit drugs
youth encounter, some drug prevention programs do not spend
a concentrated effort helping them understand the dangers
involveearning ways to avoid contact with it.
a cura del Gruppo Evelink - release dicembre 2000 - Copiright, Evelink
2000 - Fonti: CD-ROM "Stupefacente", a cura della Guardia
di Finzanza; Il sito ufficiale dell'UNOCCP (United Nations Office for
Drug Control and Crime Prevention); Medline
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