Marijuana Use Growing Among Teens


WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- Startling numbers from the war on drugs.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), more teens are smoking pot and thinking less about the consequences.

"I just want young kids to know you actually can become addicted to it," said Lady Gaga.

Addicted to marijuana; Lady Gaga admitted her addiction in a radio interview with Elvis Duran.

"There's this sentiment that you can't. And that's actually not true. Because I have been addicted to it," said Gaga.

According to the NIDA, 17 percent of 10th graders and 23 percent of 12th graders are "current users" of marijuana.

The same report also shows kids don't think smoking pot is a risky behavior.

"The truth of the matter is, for youth it still is a very dangerous drug. It is still illegal to have, and the reason for that is because it is the gateway drug to other drugs," said Sgt. Brian Edwards with the Waynesboro Police Department.

For parents, the key is talking to your kids; letting them know you don't approve of drug use.

"Although those conversations might be hard, just think about what could be the consequence of not having that conversation," said Melissa Orndorff with the Central Shenandoah Office on Youth.

Orndorff also said it's important for parents to realize you can make a difference by having that conversation with your kids, and there's a lot of resources out there to help you as well, including the Office on Youth and also DrugFree.org.


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