With the government softening its stance against marijuana and recent state legislation to ease access, there is renewed interest in what the long-term impact of increased marijuana use might have on cigarette smoking. Even while many Americans express a greater openness to use of marijuana, the nation’s tolerance for tobacco use has been declining. Yet, a new National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) study shows that making marijuana more available is likely to increase the number of cigarette smokers.
The organizing body of American college athletics is considering changes to its existing drug penalties. In most instances, college athletes who test positive for drugs are given a one year suspension. The suggested new ruling would force athletes who test positive for marijuana to sit out for half of that time. Meanwhile, overall drug testing is up, including random tests without reasonable suspicion.
Adolescents may be worried about how many likes they have on their Facebook page. They may feel uneasy if they can’t use their mobile device. What they don’t think is a problem is daily pot smoking.
When fewer kids are drinking alcohol, does that mean that we’ve won the war against drinking and driving? A large student survey from Canada could prove insightful for understanding the substance use trend among adolescents and for gauging which messages are getting through and which may not be.
Bermuda is the stuff of beach dreams. The subtropical paradise with its pink sand shorelines and cerulean waters seems like an exotic world away from the North American mainland. Yet college kids who grow up there share many of the same attitudes toward drinking and drug use as those in the U.S.
Although the use of performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) in professional and collegiate athletics generates the biggest headlines, recreational drug use is also a problem among many amateur athletes.
Recreational marijuana has been legalized in two U.S. states and has been approved for medical use in 14 others and the District of Columbia. (Medical use legislation is pending in four other states.) Across the country, attitudes toward marijuana are softening, with a surprising number of Americans viewing the drug as harmless. Recent research, however, shows that even a small amount of marijuana use has negative consequences, including making it less likely a person will finish their college education.