OPEN LETTER TO PARENTS ABOUT MARIJUANA
puts kids at risk. It is the most widely used illicit drug among youth today and
is more potent than ever. Marijuana can lead to a host of significant health,
social, learning and behavioral problems at a crucial time in a young person's
development. Getting high also impairs judgment, which can wreck havoc on teens
in high-pressure social situations, leading to risky decision-making on issues
like sex, criminal activity or riding with someone who driving high.
don't be fooled by popular beliefs. Kids can get hooked on pot. Research shows
that marijuana use can lead to addiction. More teens enter treatment for
marijuana abuse each year than for all other illicit drugs combined.
fall, America's youth will hear a new message about marijuana, thanks to
collaboration among federal agencies, public health organizations, educators and
concerned parents. The initiative will inform young people that using marijuana
has real consequences and can put their futures at risk. It will teach them that
the dangers of marijuana are not overblown and must be taken seriously. Most of
all, this campaign will dispel the myths about marijuana by concentrating on the
and again, kids say their parents are the single most important influence when
it comes to drugs. So this message needs to start with you. Kids need to hear
how risky marijuana use can be. They need to know how damaging it can be to
their lives. And they need to begin by listening to someone they trust.
learn more about marijuana and how to keep your kids drug-free, please visit
www.theantidrug.com or call (800) 788-2800.
talk to your kids. Together, we can help them separate the myths from the facts.
Academy of Family Physicians
Islamic Center of Beverly Hills