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Facts to know

You may worry about kids getting caught up with alcohol and other drugs, but you may not be sure what to do about it. You may not realize the risk that alcohol and other drugs pose for today’s youth because a lot has changed in the past twenty years.

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It was generally believed that the human brain was developed by the time you were thirteen.i

Scientific evidence shows that the brain is not fully mature until the age of 25. Drinking and drugs can cause far more damage to a teen’s developing brain than previously believed.

 

 

Marijuana was far less potent than it is today.

 

 

Marijuana is much stronger than it’s ever been and can cause greater physical and mental harm.

 

No one had heard of OxyContin.ii

Teens are illegally using OxyContin and other highly addictive prescription drugs with increasing and alarming frequency. These drugs can cause serious physical reactions as well as addiction leading to heroin use.

 

ihttp://www.mentorfoundation.org/uploads/Adolescent_Brain_Slides.pps
iihttp://topics.nytimes.com/topics/news/health/diseasesconditionsandhealthtopics/oxycontindrug/index.html


For information on how to get involved in your community and how to keep your kids tobacco, alcohol, and drug free, visit your local regional website.

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