Thursday, April 18, 2019

Parents play a pivotal role in child's drug use; know your responsibility

TMI Bureau
Port Blair, Apr 17: Youth are the future of our nation, but in our islands due to use of 'Ganja/ Marijuana/ Cannabis' in the early age of adolescence before their youthfulness destructs the future of islands as well as nation. It is come to notice that, in many schools in the A&N Islands, shockingly as per sources, from the middle schools level the students started using such illegal drugs in schools.
But the main point is that, how can the middle school students can afford or manage to buy such illegal products? Some citizen claims that, "it may be the tactics of business to spread the business among adolescents or youths by paying least initially as start-up addiction".
However, a lot of people seem to think marijuana is different from other drugs. Unfortunately, it's not the case: Just like with other drugs (including alcohol and nicotine), one can get addicted to marijuana-especially if use it during your teen years.
Effects of Marijuana
Many teenagers believe that marijuana is safer than alcohol or other drugs. When talking about marijuana with your child, it is helpful to know the myths and the facts. For example, teenagers may say, "it is harmless because it is natural," "it is not addictive," or "it does not affect my thinking or my grades."
However, research shows that marijuana can cause serious problems with learning, feelings, and health.
Short-term use of marijuana can lead to: School difficulties, Problems with memory and concentration, Increased aggression, Car accidents, Use of other drugs or alcohol, Risky sexual behaviours, Worsening of underlying mental health conditions including mood changes and suicidal thinking, Increased risk of psychosis and Interference with prescribed medication.
Regular use of marijuana can lead to significant problems including Cannabis Use Disorder. Signs that your child has developed Cannabis Use Disorder include using marijuana more often than intended, having cravings, or when using interferes with other activities. If someone with Cannabis Use Disorder stops using suddenly, they may suffer from withdrawal symptoms that, while not dangerous, can cause irritability, anxiety, and changes in mood, sleep, and appetite.
Long-term use of marijuana can lead to: The same breathing problems as smoking cigarettes (coughing, wheezing, trouble with physical activity, and lung cancer), Decreased motivation or interest which can lead to decline in academic or occupational performance, Lower intelligence, and Mental health problems, such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety, anger, irritability, moodiness, and risk of suicide.
Conclusion
Marijuana use in teens can lead to long-term consequences. Teens rarely think they will end up with problems related to marijuana use, so it is important to begin talking about the risks with your child early and continue this discussion over time. Talking with your child about marijuana can help delay the age of first use and help protect their brain. If your child is already using marijuana, try asking questions in an open and curious way as your teen will talk more freely if not feeling judged. If you have concerns about your child's drug use, talk with your child's pediatrician or a qualified mental health professional. (Inputs from: American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry).

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