Below are a few articles and clippings that are the tip of the iceberg on this topic of massive scale and diversity. If you haven’t come across the below, I hope it will add to your knowledge.
NYT article on the developing brain and pot.
American Psychological Association article similar to the above.
From “The Week” Magazine, a briefing-style Q&A that offers an overview of the topic.
What is the usage amongst teen with pot, alcohol, and cigarettes?
Wall Street Journal story: “More than 25% of Kids and Teens in the U.S. Take Prescriptions on a Regular Basis”
Fortune Magazine feature article on painkillers and their use, history, and future. “254 million prescriptions for opioids were filled in the U.S., according to Wall Street analysts Cowen & Co. Enough painkillers were prescribed to ‘medicate every American adult around the clock for a month’”
Psychology Today article covers a few points on what is helpful in working with addictions.
Documentary film done by PBS that is available for viewing online now.
10% believe their teen drinks, and 5% smoke pot, and the reality is more likely 52% and 28% respectively.
People who reported driving within three hours of using marijuana, or drivers who tested positive for the drug, were more than twice as likely to be involved in a car crash compared to other drivers