Illicit Drug and
Youth Marijuana Use
Prevention of Illicit Drug and Youth Marijuana Use
Our kids are getting mixed messages about marijuana as states legalize its use recreationally and medically. Make sure you are having conversations that include the facts about marijuana use and its affects on young, developing brains.
- Marijuana is addictive, and one in six teens that use marijuana will develop a marijuana use disorder.
- Marijuana is the most common used substance after alcohol and tobacco.
- The average age of first use of marijuana in Missouri is 14.
- 14% of students have smoked marijuana in their lifetime, and 6.5% have smoked it in the past 30 days.
- Of those youth who smoked marijuana in the past month, 40.3% of youth reported smoking 1 in 3 reported smoking 1-2 days, 13% daily use.
- About one in ten (11.2%) of past month users smoked marijuana on school property in the past 30 days.
On the bright side, other illicit substance use remains relatively low among our youth.
In today’s climate messages abound regarding marijuana use, its harm, and legalization, making it difficult to determine fact from fiction. The ATTC Network Coordinating Office presents this user-friendly package with straightforward, accurate information and resources to help substance use disorder providers in their work.