Evidence Marijuana is a Gateway Drug
A new study published in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health examined the role of cannabis as a gateway drug.
Marijuana use was assessed among UK teenagers who were again evaluated for substance use in early adulthood.
The author’s concluded that even those adolescents who occasionally used marijuana use, as well as regular users, were more likely to progress to harmful substance use in early adulthood.
These data suggest that marijuana use during adolescence is indeed a gateway to other, even more serious substance use later in life.
The implication is that adolescents should be provided marijuana education and evidence-based prevention to lessen the probability of initiating cannabis use, even occasionally, which can lead to additional harmful substance use behaviors in young adulthood.
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Read the study findings here: http://jech.bmj.com/content/early/2017/05/17/jech-2016-208503