Welcome to DFD. The Drug Free Divide is a group of community members who are working to keep youth from accessing, using and abusing alcohol and drugs. Our group consists of school staff, parents, youth, and people from local businesses. As well as members from non profits, health and other community agencies. We hope this website will serve as a valuable resource for the Divide community. Please check back periodically to see what’s new!
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Have you wondered about drugs you’ve heard our youth today are using and abusing and wanted more details about what these drugs do and what they look like?
The Partnership at Drugfree.org has created a drug guide you can have for free by using this link: http://my.drugfree.org/the-drug-guide
Read the medicine abuse drug guide and arm yourself with information you need to fight this epidemic at home.
The guide can help you learn the signs and symptoms commonly experienced by people abusing the three main types prescriptions drugs — pain relievers, stimulants, and depressants.
It’s crucial for us as parents to talk with our kids about the dangers of abusing medicine and to make sure that the medicines in our homes are secure at all times. Please do this before it’s too late.
Educate yourself by looking at the medicine abuse drug guide now. It could be a lifesaver.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed with your child’s drug problem and would like to talk to someone, you can call The Partnership’s Parents Toll-Free Helpline at 1-855-378-4373 or get more information now: http://my.drugfree.org/if-you-need-help
We know that marijuana use, particularly long-term, chronic use or use starting at a young age, can lead to dependence and addiction. Long-term marijuana use can lead to compulsive drug seeking and abuse despite the known harmful effects upon functioning in the context of family, school, work, and recreational activities.
Research finds that approximately 9 percent (1 in 11) of marijuana users become dependent. Research also indicates that the earlier young people start using marijuana, the more likely they are to become dependent on marijuana or other drugs later in life.
In 2010, approximately 4.5 million people met the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) diagnostic criteria for marijuana abuse or dependence. This is more than pain relievers, cocaine, tranquilizers, hallucinogens, and heroin…combined. In 2010, over one million Americans aged 12 or older reported receiving treatment for marijuana use, more than any other illicit drug. http://oas.samhsa.gov/NSDUH/2k10NSDUH/2k10Results.htm#Fig7-8
How Marijuana Affects Learning
As your teens go through high school and prepare for college they are at an increased risk for drug use and drinking. However, high school is the critical point in building the academic foundation for the rest of their lives. Be sure your teens remain drug-free during these critical learning years.
Marijuana is riskier than you think. It can limit your teen’s achievement in the classroom, on standardized tests and in the future.
- Marijuana can hinder a teen’s ability to learn. Heavy marijuana use impairs young people’s ability to concentrate and retain information.1 This can be especially problematic during peak learning years.
- Marijuana use is linked to poorer grades. A teen with a “D” average is four times more likely to have used marijuana than a teen with an “A” average. 2
- Marijuana and underage drinking are linked to higher dropout rates. Students who drink or use drugs frequently are up to five times more likely than their peers to drop out of high school.3 A teenage marijuana user’s odds of dropping out are more than twice that of a non-user.
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