Is it any wonder that pot smoking is again on the increase with our youth? With the recent push to legalize marijuana in many states, the message that marijuana is OK is filtering back to our youth with a resultant increase in use.
Anyone who works in addiction treatment knows that marijuana is the gateway drug. As we monitor the future, as indicated in this article, we need to look for an increase in cocaine, heroin, Oxycontin and other drugs that follow the path of the gateway drug.
And in that future we need to ensure there is plenty of drug treatment programs available – they are going to be needed as never before.
Proponents of a new approach to drug policy need look no further than the results of the annual Monitoring the Future (MTF) study, which reports increased youth use of marijuana and a flattening out of many other types of illicit drug use after a prolonged decline.
Smoking rates among teens also have fallen to the lowest levels in history, although tobacco-control experts worry that use of smokeless-tobacco products could be rising, according to the study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.