Marijuana Social Impact
In this country, marijuana is the most often used illegal drug. There is a lot of controversy about the legalization of marijuana in many states. There is also a lot of debate about whether or not marijuana is harmful to one’s health. Most of the debate stems from the fact that marijuana is often used for medicinal purposes. Many people use it to ease the discomfort caused by cancer and other chronic diseases. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, scientists have found that marijuana offers therapeutic effects that can relive nausea, ease pain and stimulate appetite.
Marijuana can cause mental health problems, as well lung and heart problems. Marijuana can also be addictive. Although it is very rare that it could cause death, it can cause many social effects. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, marijuana poses many negative effects on a user’s daily life. It is known to decrease motivation, which can affect one’s school or work performance. It can also affect one’s social life and cognitive abilities. Those who engage in frequent marijuana use may see their work life suffer. Marijuana use has been connected to increased absences and decreased work performance. There are also more work accidents, which lead to more workers’ compensation claims. These factors can eventually lead to a marijuana user losing their job over drug use.
Significant Social Issues
According to Drugs.com, heavy marijuana use can lead to serious social issues. Marijuana affects perception and judgment and is associated with low achievement. Marijuana also causes memory and learning problems, which can especially affect those in high school or college. Marijuana use can also cause delinquent behavior, aggression, rebellion, and poor relationships with family, especially parents.
According to The Social Impact of Drug Abuse, the effects of drugs in the workplace depend on the tasks being performed. Highly technical tasks that require concentration and memory are more likely to be affected by drug use than manual labor.
*Statistics Regarding Marijuana Use
Marijuana is a commonly used drug. In fact, it is also widely used as a medicine to help ease the pain caused by various chronic diseases. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, here are some statistics regarding marijuana use.
- Marijuana accounted for 17 percent of treatment admissions in the United States in 2008.
- In 2009, nearly 17 million people in the United States aged 12 and older had used marijuana in the previous month.
- Between 2002 and 2008, marijuana usage rates have increased every year.
- During that same time period, marijuana usage rate decreased for 8th graders. In 2002, the rate was just above 19 percent. By 2008, the rate had dropped to 14.6 percent.
- In 2009, 42 percent of high school seniors in the United States had used marijuana at least once.
Treatment for Marijuana Addicts
Marijuana addiction can be treated by using many of the same therapies used for other drug addictions. Cognitive behavioral therapies and incentives for abstinence have proven effective. There are currently no medications available to treat marijuana addiction but it is possible that drugs could become available soon to ease withdrawal symptoms and prevent relapses. If you are looking for a treatment facility for your marijuana addiction, we can help you find one. Give us call today so we can assess your drug history and the severity of your addiction. Using this information, we can connect you to various resources that can help you beat your addiction and live a clean life.