Kids and Marijuana: An unhealthy combination study finds

 

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A 10-year study finds that youths who were heavy marijuana users in their teens were more likely than drinkers to have a host of problems later in life, including mental illness, relationship problems, and trouble getting a job.

The Independent reported April 22 that researchers followed 1,900 youths from age 15 to 25 and found that heavy marijuana users were three to six times more likely to use other drugs than those who drank alcohol, and three times more likely to be unemployed or drop out of school.

“Cannabis really does look like the drug of choice for life’s future losers,” said lead researcher George Patton of the Melbourne University Center for Adolescent Health.

The study was published in the April 2007 issue of the journal Addiction.

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3 Responses to Kids and Marijuana: An unhealthy combination study finds

  1. Randy Fields says:

    Wow what hope this article brings for recovery…today’s young people who experiment with marijuana are tomorrow’s life losers, but those young people who abuse booze don’t have to worry—Is this study focused on only Austrailan young people? And what is “Jointogerther”? Learn to spell, then learn to think. You guys really put a lot of thought into this post….
    Randy

  2. opblog says:

    R: Thanks for pointing out the typo. It’s been corrected. The study is about marijuana, not alcohol. Your deduction about young people not having to worry about alcohol is way off. Underage drinking and the use of marijuana among young people is a growing problem in Oregon.

  3. randy says:

    Odd, the study says heavy pot users where three to six times more likely to use drugs and three times more likely to be unemployed or dropout than drinkers so the researcher’s data indicates that pot is more harmful than booze. I didn’t say or deduce that booze were harmless. I resent and denounce your accusation. Perhaps the title should read “Researcher Wastes More Precious Fiscal Resources to promulgate junk science and uncover Young Pot Heads are three, err may be even six times, more likely than boozers to be unemployed drop out losers.” Hilarious.
    Randy

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