Letter to Teens
You can find treatment programs through this Web site findtreatment.samhsa.gov provided by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Also, you can call the SAMHSA Treatment Referral hotline at 1-800-662-HELP. Treatment can help you, a friend, or someone you love get back to the person you or they once were.
Did you know that teen marijuana use has dropped dramatically since the late 1990s? So…if you were thinking everyone smokes marijuana, they don’t. Statistics show that about 15 percent, or roughly 1 in 7 teens, report using marijuana in the past month. Still, this rate is up from a few years ago, perhaps because fewer teens consider marijuana to be a harmful drug. Some believe marijuana cannot be harmful because it is “natural.” But, not all natural plants are good for you—take tobacco, for example.
One serious risk is addiction. In 2011, nearly 4.2 million people 12 and older had a marijuana abuse or addiction problem. Look inside this booklet to find out more, because marijuana is not as harmless as you may think.
Our goal is to give you the straight facts, so you can make smart choices and be your best self—without drugs. And we hope you will continue the conversation and share this information with your peers, parents, teachers, and others.
Nora D. Volkow, M.D.
National Institute on Drug Abuse
As a result of scientific research, we know that addiction is a disease that affects both brain and behavior.