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What Parents Should Know about Marijuana

first_imgAmerican College of Pediatricians’ 25 February 2019Family First Comment:  If you are a parent who wants your teenager or child to grow up with a healthy, drug-free life, you are unfortunately in a kind of war zone. Why is it a war zone? Because  there are many adults and teenagers who would promote marijuana and other drug use to young people. To help teens avoid the pitfalls of drugs in their youth, parents must take some pretty bold stands. Here’s the info you need – from concerned doctors….If you are a parent who wants your teenager or child to grow up with a healthy, drug-free life, you are unfortunately in a kind of war zone. Why is it a war zone? Because  there are many adults and teenagers who would promote marijuana and other drug use to young people. To help teens avoid the pitfalls of drugs in their youth, parents must take some pretty bold stands. Marijuana is the most commonly used illegal drug for teenagers. (2) They are more likely to use marijuana than to use tobacco. (6) Marijuana’s effects lead to immediate and long-term problems of which many teens are unaware.How Many Teenagers are Using Marijuana?According to survey results in 2016, 38% of high school students report that they have used marijuana at some point in their life (1).Even more alarming, 68.9 % of high school seniors reported through survey that they do not think that regular marijuana smoking is harmful (2)!According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse for teens, “Recent public discussions about medical marijuana and the public debate over the drug’s legal status is leading to a reduced perception of harm among young people.” (2) The increased commonality of the drug may make it seem less threatening to teens. One-third of teenagers who smoke marijuana and that live in states with legalized medical marijuana use, obtain their marijuana from adults with prescriptions. Additionally, some teens think it can’t be very bad because it is “natural”, but many natural things like cocaine, heroin, and tobacco are far from safe. (2)Teenagers’ reported unawareness of the harm of marijuana has drastically increased since the 1980’s. The irony of this is that the harm and potency of marijuana has also increased since then. The concentration of THC (the chemical in marijuana that produces the most mind-alternating effects) is now about 3 times stronger than it was in the 1990’s! (2).Marijuana is Both Temporarily and Permanently Harmful to AdolescentsBecause adolescents’ brains are still developing, marijuana and other drug use can cause even more lasting damage to a teenage brain than to an adult user’s brain.Marijuana impairs adolescents working memory, problem solving, decision-making skills, and coordination. (2) When using marijuana, a person’s heart rate increases, causing the heart to work harder, causes difficulty in sensory perception, and creates breathing problems. (3) Marijuana decreases motivation, can lead to confusion and anxiety, even panic attacks, and often results in personality changes. (6)For adolescents, there is research showing that marijuana use alters the structure and chemical composition of the brain, and IQ, in a way that can be permanent.Adolescents who use marijuana are more likely to get lower grades, drop out of school, have physical and mental health problems, struggle with relationships, and have less future career success. (4)  They are at increased risk for suicide and to develop psychoses. (6)Signs of marijuana use include (6):silly behavior and frequent laughing associated with the “high” created by THC,red eyes or eye dryness,increased appetite,irritabilitylack of motivation, reduced interest in thingstrouble with memorysmell on clothes or use of deodorizersdizzinessUnexplained money or stolen money How Can We Make a Difference?Research shows that children who report that their parents have serious conversations with them about drugs are around 50% less likely to abuse drugs. (5) It is essential to start early in explaining to children the consequences of marijuana use. Be open with them and listen to them.Children whose parents use illegal drugs or who are addicted to cigarettes or alcohol are more likely to do the same. Taking steps to quit has great benefits for your child.Helping your child to be involved in an extracurricular activity or hobby is a great way to give them a place to make good friends, offer them motivation to take care of themselves, and increase their confidence.Teenagers who are depressed or dealing with trauma are more likely to abuse drugs. (4) Help them to find appropriate outlets or professional counseling to deal with the normal emotional strain of adolescence and any chronic conditions they may have.https://www.acpeds.org/what-parents-should-know-about-marijuanaKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Lucerne Golf Club Senior Scramble results

first_imgDEDHAM — Michelle Atherton of Bucksport got a hole-in-one on Sunday at the Lucerne Golf Club course.Atherton’s hole-in-one was Maine hole No. 6 and 102 yards using a 9-iron. It was witnessed by Dan Atherton, Harvey Matthews, Dustin Raybourn and Adam Kaspala.Results from the Lucerne Golf Club’s Senior Scramble on Thursday are as follows:Bruce Blanchard, Jim Bonzey, Carl Williams, Ed Lachance (-6); Ron Palmer, Mike Pelletier, Bob Fraser, Charlie Perkins (-5); Lloyd Deans, Mark Johnson, Tom Winston, Johnny Lee (-4); Grant Standbrook, Howard Flewelling, Marcelle Whitney, Dave Robertson (-4); Bruce MacGregor, Jim Mabry, Jim Awalt, Bill Rowe (-4); Alan Gray, Jack Hinds, Bill Ferris, Bob Landis (-4); Dan Crouse, Russ Black, Mel Bowden, Bob Carter (-3); Dick Gassett, Bob Francis, Barry Harris, Mike Dore (-3); Dennis Kiah, Kerry Woodbury, Joe Guaraldo, Ben Sawyer (-2); Ron Allen, Mel McLay, Daryl Briggs, Ron Snyder (-1); Doug Deans, Paul Bowden, John Somes, Richard Baker (-1). Closest to Pin: No. 2 Bruce Mac Gregor 4.0, No. 6 Grant Standbrook 11.4.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

What to watch for: 7 sports teams play this weekend

first_imgLast weekend, every Syracuse home team emerged from its games victorious. Volleyball completed a 2-0 road trip and, despite having 23 shots, women’s soccer lost while visiting Buffalo by a score of 1-0.This weekend, six SU teams are back in action while softball starts its fall slate. Men’s soccer and football draw conference foes at home, field hockey plays a game with high national-ranking stakes on the line and volleyball tries to stay unbeaten in Brooklyn, New York.Logan Reidsma | Photo EditorMen’s SoccerOpponent: LouisvilleWhere: SU Soccer StadiumWhen: Friday, 7 p.m.After struggling offensively for the first half of its last game against Rutgers, Syracuse got some much-needed help from its wings as Korab Syla and Liam Callahan lifted the SU men’s soccer team to a 2-1 victory.Syracuse (3-1) will need that help, both on offense and to rotate back on defense, when SU plays its first Atlantic Coast Conference game against No. 23 Louisville (3-1).AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMore: SU wings Korab Syla and Liam Callahan provide added scoring threatDavid Salanitri | Staff PhotographerFootballOpponent: Wake ForestWhere: Carrier DomeWhen: Saturday, 12:30 p.m.The Orange (1-0) kicks off its ACC schedule with the only conference opponent it beat in 2014, the Demon Deacons (1-0). With a tough conference schedule looming in the future, the Orange can capitalize against an easier opponent.This game also marks the first start for true freshman quarterback Eric Dungey after Terrel Hunt suffered a season-ending injury. By the way, we want to know how you think Dungey will do this season.More: All The Daily Orange’s coverage of Syracuse-Wake ForestRiley Bunch | Staff PhotographerField HockeyOpponent: North CarolinaWhere: J.S. Coyne StadiumWhen: Saturday, 1 p.m.Heading into a No. 2 vs. No. 3 matchup this weekend, the lower-ranked Syracuse (4-0) has something prove against North Carolina (4-0). So far this season, the Orange’s defense has shut out two teams and allowed five or fewer shots in three of its four games. The defense has been stellar, but how?More: How Syracuse’s defense has stifled opponents this seasonLogan Reidsma | Photo EditorWomen’s SoccerOpponents: Cornell and ColgateWhere: SU Soccer StadiumWhen: Friday, 3:30 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m.Jessica Vigna practiced set pieces earlier in the week, yelling “One more!” until she got it right. The Orange has struggled to execute on set pieces run from the corner, despite totaling 11 in its last loss. The team averages over seven corner kicks per game as well. Syracuse (2-4) will need better execution if it hopes to knock Cornell (3-0-1) from the ranks of the unbeaten.More: Syracuse looks to break corner kick struggles against CornellMargaret Lin | Staff PhotographerVolleyballOpponents: Arizona, Ohio State, Long Island UniversityWhere: Brooklyn, New YorkWhen: Friday, 4:30 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.With the game tied in a crucial third set against Georgia, Nicolette Serratore attacked from the service line. Six consecutive SU points, and four Serratore aces directly aimed at struggling Georgia players, led to the win. It’s partly why Syracuse (5-0) is still unbeaten heading into the LIU Blackbird Invitational, which takes place this weekend in Brooklyn, New York.More: Nicolette Serratore uses relaxed demeanor to excel at servingSoftballOpponent: Cornell, BinghamtonWhere: Binghamton, New YorkWhen: Saturday, 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.The softball team begins its fall slate, which means new head coach Mike Bosch will have his first games, albeit exhibition ones, at the helm of his team. The team returns many of its starters from a season ago.Cross CountryWhat: Harry Groves Spiked Shoe InvitationalWhere: University Park, PennsylvaniaWhen: Friday, 5:30 p.m.The Orange — the men’s team is ranked as the third-best cross-country team nationally — will race in its second meet of the season Friday when it travels to Pennsylvania State University to race in the Harry Groves Spiked Shoe Invitational. Comments Published on September 10, 2015 at 2:42 pm Contact Sam: [email protected] | @Sam4TR Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more