Susan Weiss, Ph.D., the Associate Director for Scientific Affairs at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and a senior science advisor to the NIDA Director, presented Marijuana Facts: State of the Science to the Howard County Alcohol and Drug Abuse Advisory Board (ADAAB) on Wednesday, April 16 at the Howard County Health Department. ADAAB Chair and HC DrugFree Executive Director Joan Webb Scornaienchi introduced Dr. Weiss who referred to marijuana as the most commonly used illicit drug in the U.S. with 1 out of 11 users becoming addicted; explained marijuana's acute effects on the brain including impaired memory decision-making, and increased risk of auto accidents; and discussed the association with poorer educational outcomes as well as diminished life satisfaction and decreased motivation by youth marijuana users. According to research, an estimated 9% of cannabis users (1 in 6 who start in adolescence and 25-50% of daily users) may become addicted. To learn more about marijuana and other drugs of abuse, visit NIDA's website at www.drugabuse.gov or visit NIDA's teen site at www.teens.drugabuse.gov.
Pictured: Police Chief William McMahon, HC DrugFree Executive Director and ADAAB Chair Joan Webb Scornaienchi, Health Officer Maura Rossman M.D., NIDA's Susan Weiss Ph.D., Howard County State's Attorney Dario Broccolino, and the Health Department's Director of Bureau of Behavioral Health Roe Rodgers-Bonaccoursy Ph.D.