Marijuana, E-Cigarettes, and Street Drugs
Marijuana is the most commonly abused illicit drug in the United States -- and among high school students in Falmouth.
THC (the active chemical in marijuana) acts upon the specific sites in the brain that influence pleasure, memory, thinking, concentrating, sensory and time perception, and coordinated movement. Not surprisingly, marijuana intoxication can cause distorted perceptions, impaired coordination, difficulty with thinking and problem solving, and problems with learning and memory.
Although the vast majority of teens in Falmouth do not use illicit street drugs other than marijuana, recent surveys document a small but significant percent of kids are using molly (ecstasy), inhalants such as glue-sniffing, and hallucinogens such as LSD.
In the Spring of 2015, three stores selling e-cigarettes opened on Cape Cod, one of them in Falmouth. Because of the high tech allure, multiple vapor flavors, and the lack of state regulations on sales, e-cigarettes are attractive to teens and easy to get. Of concern is the highly addictive properties of the inhaled nicotine.
Hopefully, the recommended articles and Internet resources will help you think about your role as a parent. The information is current and reliable with a focus on information that will help you understand the harmful effects as well as the legal issues of using marijuana or illicit drugs and how you can provide your children with the information they need to make healthy choices.
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