VCkidsFYI: Early marijuana use is linked to IQ dropping about 8 points. Learn the facts about the risks of marijuana for teens
- Problems paying attention and concentrating
- Slower thinking
- Poorer memory
- Lower verbal comprehension
- Worse problem solving
- Less control of emotions
The Impact on School
- Lower grades
- Skipping classes
- Studying less
- Lower motivation
- Potential for dropping out
- Lost opportunities (sports, jobs, special programs)
- 3.6 times more likely to get a HS degree
- 2.3 times more likely to enroll in college
- 3.7 times more likely to get a college degree
How to prevent my child from using marijuanaNormalize conversations about marijuana. Try using media examples to provoke a conversation. Talk often and early about the harmful effects of marijuana and the serious impact on learning and success.
Here are some Sample Goals to set the stage for a conversation about substances:
- Begin an ongoing conversation about teen drug use
- Gain insight into the pressures your child may be facing with drugs
- Express concern and support
- Gauge how your child feels about marijuana in general
Remember, as a parent you are important in influencing your child's attitude about alcohol and drugs. Start talking to your child early about the risks of marijuana use. You can make a difference!
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If you're concerned about signs of drug use with your child, call (805) 981-9200 to talk with a professional at Ventura County Behavioral Health, Alcohol & Drug Programs, Youth Services. Monday through Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.