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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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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!

Their counselors will listen to your story — the challenges, setbacks, obstacles and myriad emotions that often go along with a child’s substance use. Given that there is no one-size-fits-all approach and each family is unique, they’ll propose a personalized course of action, offering the best tools and resources to help you help your child, yourself and your family.

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