New CASA Report finds : Marijuana potency up, medical diagnosis, treatment admissions, ER findings for teen Marijuana use up sharply

Source : CASAColumbia.org: News Room: Press Releases: Non-Medical Marijuana III: Rite of Passage or Russian Roulette?, 6/18/2008

Despite reported declines in teen marijuana use, in 2007 almost 11 million teens report having used marijuana. For those using the drug, four alarming trends are of grave concern for parents and teens, according to “Non-Medical Marijuana III: Rite of Passage or Russian Roulette?, a new report by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA) at Columbia University.

From 1992 – 2006:

  • There was a 175 percent jump in the potency of marijuana (3.2 to 8.8 percent THC[i] concentration in seized samples).
  • There was a 492 percent increase in the proportion of teen treatment admissions with a medical diagnosis for marijuana abuse or dependence, compared with a 54 percent decline for all other substances of abuse.
  • There was a 188 percent increase in the proportion of teen treatment admissions for marijuana as the primary drug of abuse, compared with a 54 percent decline for all other substances of abuse.

From 1995 – 2002:[ii]

  • There was a 136 percent increase in the proportion of emergency department findings of marijuana as a major substance of abuse among teens, more than five times the increase in such findings for all other substances of abuse.

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One Response

  1. For those using the drug, four alarming trends are of grave concern for parents and teens

    I’m sorry, but what are we alarmed about, again?

    potency increase? So? It just means the samples they are sampling are more potent than the ditch weed included in the earliest Potency Projects. Potency increase of what? THC? One of the hundreds of chemicals found in cannabis hemp? Why is this a concern, as you put it?

    alarmed that more teens are using benign cannabis, and that less teens are admitted to ER’s with heavy drug overdose? I would be alarmed if the REVERSE were true, sirs! I do believe you are lumping ‘mentions’ of cannabis use (ex: “yes I smoke pot sometimes. No I used to take pills and drink, but I stopped.”), and not any direct link with marijuana consumption and the reason for the ER visit. Nice try.

    I do agree marijuana is not ‘medical’ or ‘medicine’; it is merely a flowering plant, put on this planet by [fill in the name of your creator entity here] for the purpose of consumption by adults who choose to do so.

    A grandfather of 2, who has witnessed 4 generations of failed prohibition policy.

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