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NCJ Number: 201071 Find in a Library
Title: Strategizer 44: Marijuana-Debunking the Myths
Corporate Author: Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
United States of America
Date Published: 2003
Page Count: 12
Sponsoring Agency: Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
Alexandria, VA 22314
Office of National Drug Control Policy
Washington, DC 20500
Sale Source: Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
625 Slaters Lane, Suite 300
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report outlines the harmful effects of marijuana and debunks many misperceptions youth and adults hold about marijuana.
Abstract: First, common myths about marijuana are presented and debunked in an effort to show that marijuana use is a serious concern, especially among the Nations’ youth. Next, the negative consequences of marijuana use are outlined, including information about the addictive tendencies of the drug and its effects on the brain, lungs, mental health, and learning achievement. The report also notes that marijuana is more potent today than it has been in the past and marijuana use among the Nations’ youth is becoming more widespread and acceptable. Also contained in the report are strategies that community coalitions may use to reduce and prevent marijuana use in local communities. Strategies include assessing the local problem, engaging parents, and addressing the false beliefs surrounding marijuana. Ideas for involving youth, schools, the media, the medical community, and community celebrities are included in this section. Finally, the report provides information about, and contacts for, some of the many National anti-marijuana campaigns that are underway. Local initiatives may gain expertise from National strategies, as well as resource materials to help in the fight against marijuana use.
Main Term(s): Marijuana
Index Term(s): Drug abuse; Drug effects; Drug eradication programs; Drug information; Drug prevention programs
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