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Talking to teens about marijuana

Second to alcohol, marijuana is the most commonly used drug among youth in the United States. While use of most drugs among teens has decreased slightly, marijuana use has remained steady, and marijuana vaping has increased is still a problem. One-third of 10th graders (33%) and 43% of 12th graders report having tried marijuana. Further, there has been a slight decrease in the percent of teens who report thinking marijuana is harmful and who report disapproving of marijuana use.

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Related resources

Marijuana: Facts Parents Need to Know — National Institute on Drug Abuse — Offers parents tips for talking with their children about the drug and its potential harmful effects.

How to Talk about MarijuanaPartnership for Drug-Free Kids — Prepare yourself for what you’re likely to hear and find a few suggestions for how to respond.

Marijuana Anonymous — Find help to recover from marijuana addiction.

Jodi Dworkin, Extension specialist and professor in family social science

Reviewed in 2021

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