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Substance Use Carries Mental Health Risks—Yes, Even Marijuana blog, Nami, SAMHSA
State Estimates of Adolescent Marijuana Use and Perceptions of Risk of Harm From Marijuana Use: 2013 and 2014 SAMHSA, youth
STATE ESTIMATES OF ADOLESCENT PAST MONTH MARIJUANA USE youth, SAMHSA


With youth usage and perception of harm having significantly  increased the past 4 it would be better to compare data to 10 years ago not last year.

STATE ESTIMATES OF ADOLESCENT MARIJUANA USE AND PERCEPTIONS OF RISK OF HARM FROM MARIJUANA USE: 2013 AND 2014 SAMHSA, youth usage

The top 10 states with the highest adolescent marijuana use rates in 2013-2014 were all states that legalized pot as medicine or as recreation. The lowest adolescent use rates were reported in states where marijuana has not been legalized as medicine or as recreation. How can pro-pots argue that legalization will reduce youth marijuana use? Stats prove otherwise!

--Of the 10 states with the highest rates of past month marijuana use among adolescents, 5 were in the Northeast (Vermont, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts), 4 were in the West (Colorado, Oregon, Washington, and Alaska), and 1 was in the South (District of Columbia)

 

SAMHSA Reports Statistical Reports, SAMHSA

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) is the primary source of information on the prevalence, patterns, and consequences of alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drug use and abuse and mental disorders in the U.S. civilian, non-institutionalized population, age 12 and older. The survey generates estimates at the National, state, and substate levels.

Behavioral Health Trends in the United States: Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health SAMHSA, trends
National Survey on Drug Use and Health Comparison of 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 Survey, SAMHSA, usage

Shows that Colorado 12 to 17 age group, 18 to 25, 26+ are significantly higher than US average for past 30 day marijuana use and all showed increased rates between 2011-12 and 2012-13

Behavioral Health Trends 2014 Survey SAMHSA, health trends, alcohol, illicit drugs

Marijuana Use
As noted in the illicit drug use section, an estimated 22.2 million Americans aged 12 or older in 2014 were current users of marijuana. This number of past month marijuana users corresponds to 8.4 percent of the population aged 12 or older.  The percentage of people aged 12 or older who were current marijuana users in 2014 was higher than the percentages from 2002 to 2013. This rise in marijuana use among those aged 12 or older may reflect the increase in marijuana use by adults aged 26 or older and, to a lesser extent, increases in marijuana use among young adults aged 18 to 25 compared with the percentages of young adults who reported marijuana use in 2002 to 2009.

Substance Use among 12th Grade Aged Youths by Dropout Status dropout, national, SAMHSA

This is an important public health issue because, in general, adults who do not graduate from high school tend to have lower paying jobs than those who do and thus are at greater risk for living in poverty, lacking health insurance, and suffering from poor health.

SAMHSA Methodolgy SAMHSA, Methodology
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