National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors – 2012
An overview of marijuana usage data. Reports that it is the most commonly used illicit drug, particularly among youth. Lists addictive properties and withdrawal symptoms, noting that up to half of daily users become addicted. Lists the negative health effects of marijuana use. Presents an overview of marijuana’s negative effects on students’ academic performance and workers’ performance and productivity. Reports that workers with positive drug tests have higher rates of accidents, injuries, and absences. Notes that over 16% of individuals discharged from treatment report marijuana as their main substance of abuse. Advocates for public education, particularly aimed at youth. Describes ways states can fund prevention, treatment, and recovery services.