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Relax Mom, it’s only pot: Talking to teens about marijuana

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This fact sheet is part of the Teen talk: A survival guide for parents of teenagers series.

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 is still a problem.


Related resources

DrugFacts: MarijuanaNational Institute on Drug Abuse — Offers facts about marijuana, including how people use it, its effects on the brain and overall health, and treatment options.

Talking to Your Kids: Communicating the RisksNational 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 associate professor in family social science

Revised 2011; reviewed May 2017 by author

Reviewed in 2018

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