Marijuana Addiction & 4/20: Burn out Bad Habits

April 20th is usually a day cast in the green smoky spotlight and rarely on 4/20 (pronounced ‘four-twenty‘) do you ever hear any facts about marijuana addiction and the negative health effects caused by marijuana.

The True Facts About Marijuana Addiction

Did you know that marijuana is addictive? About 1 in 6 people who start using marijuana in high school and 25 to 50 percent of those who use it every day become addicted.

Marijuana is a Schedule I drug because of its high potential for abuse. It shares this classification with heroin, ecstasy, and LSD!

The drug also affects the brain and leads to impaired short-term memory, perception, judgement and motor skills.

 

MArijuana addiction and the harmful effects of weed

 

Let’s change the norm and promote healthy, drug-free activities.

In many circles, 4/20 is considered a day to celebrate marijuana consumption and its pro-legalization efforts.

You may have heard about it in a movie, or you may have seen it on social media; messages that say, “’4/20’ is the day to get high.” But what if we changed this message to, 4/20: a Day to Celebrate Life? What if instead we suggest that people get high on life?

Let’s change the norm and promote healthy, drug-free activities. Join LRADAC and its Community Services Department to burn out bad habits and get high on life!

Learn How We Can Change “4/20”

Leading up to April 20th we have asked people to post on our Facebook event page, Burn Out Bad Habits: Get High On Life, both messages and pictures of themselves doing healthy, positive and drug-free activities. The goal is to show youth that there are better things to do on 4/20 than to get high.

So far we have seen some incredible pictures and read some great messages. Today, 4/20, we hope that more people will post to the page showing their support. We have the power to change this idea that April 20th is a day to get high.

To learn more about our prevention efforts, visit our prevention page where you can find additional resources including the ePress (Prevention Resources Everyone Should See), Speakers Bureau and merchant education information.

LRADAC is the designated alcohol abuse and drug abuse authority for Lexington and Richland Counties of South Carolina. The public, not-for-profit agency offers a wide array of prevention, intervention and treatment programs in locations convenient to residents of both counties. The agency has a budget of approximately $10 million and serves more than 5,000 clients per year.