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NIDA

2012 Monitoring the Future - Teen Perspective

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Danielle Rollins (Edison High School, 11th grade) speaking:

Today I learned about drug prevention and how drugs have declined in the past few years and high school students and that's a really good thing.

Patrick Healy (Gonzaga High School, 12th grade) speaking:

Today I learned that although marijuana has leveled off in the Monitor in the Future Survey Results, it's still an unacceptable level.

Mary Hill (West Potomac High School, 11th grade) speaking:

In the past few years I've really noticed that you know the perception of harm in the the effects of marijuana use has really gone down so I was really interested to find that this also applies to the entire country not just my community.

Dr. Nora Volkow speaking:

We were interested in knowing why our kids were starting to  favor these drugs and one of the consistent finding is there belief that because they are being prescribed for medical purposes they're actually much less risky.

Danielle Rollins speaking:

I also learned about how they've been doing tests on people and taking brain scans and figured out how marijuana really affects their lives.

Kim Norris (Robinson Secondary School, 12th grade) speaking:

Chris is one of those guest speakers who talked about how he got involved with drugs by starting out with marijuana and then increasing and increasing to greater heights.

Chris Leibowitz (Monitoring the Future, Guest Speaker) speaking:

My drug of choice was yes like I'll take it whatever it was laid out in front of me, but it started with using marijuana.

Everette Grayson (West Potomac High School, 11th grade) speaking:

He took a number of drugs and the number of times of going to jail actually changed his mind.

Chris Leibowitz (Monitoring the Future, Guest Speaker) speaking:

Yeah finally you know reality hit me and said what are you doing. It took a couple times to go into jail you know.

It took the last time I've been putting me in jail and the magistrate saying that not getting a bond today.

You keep doing the same thing every time let you out so you're just staying here.

Everette Grayson (West Potomac High School, 11th grade) speaking:

So I'm hoping I can get to my friends before that actually happened so they don't have to go through what he did.

Kim Norris (Robinson Secondary School, 12th grade) speaking:

It's very crucial in everyone's life to hear somebody talk about their life influences and experiences and I really do think that his talk was very motivating and it really opened a lot of doors.

Patrick Healy (Gonzaga High School, 12th grade) speaking:

Well you have to be direct and lot of kids don't know of what they're doing in terms of drugs and they're a little bit scared so if they know more about the side effects and know more about what other people are going through. It's not only them. Knowledge is power in that sense.

Mary Hill (West Potomac High School, 11th grade) speaking:

This information can help people just know the effects of marijuana and drug use and it, just by knowing the facts they're gonna be a lot less likely to hurt themselves.

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