The risk of developing drug dependence or abuse is greater for individuals who start using these substances in adolescence or early adolescence than for those who start during adulthood. According to a report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), people who start using substances at a young age are at greater risk of needing treatment later.
In addition, those who start using substances at a younger age are more likely to be using more than one substance when they are admitted for treatment.
The younger a person is at their first use of any drrug the more likely it is that they are going to have a lifetime of substance abuse.
The American Academy of Pediatrics in their policy statement of being against legalizing marijuana says that the negative effects are well known: short term memory, concentration, attention span, motivation, and problem solving, which clearly interfere with learning; adverse effects on coordination, judgment, reaction time and tracking ability.
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