More Teens Seek Marijuana Addiction Treatment


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*NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Marijuana may be more addictive than state legislatures realize, according to Columbia University’s Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASAColumbia), which recently announced its analysis of data released from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS) from 2012.

CASAColumbia’s analysis indicates that in 2012, teens admitted to treatment were diagnosed with addiction involving marijuana far more frequently than other substances. Over 65% of adolescents aged 12 to 17 who were admitted to treatment had an addiction involving marijuana according to the report.*Main Street


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How many were court-ordered and/or parentally forced, as opposed to voluntarily sought?

The answer is in the article itself:
“Most people in treatment for marijuana were ordered there by the criminal justice system,” claimed Tvert. “In other words, they didn’t actually seek or need treatment, but were arrested and offered treatment as an alternative to jail time or other serious penalties.”

Up to 70% of people in treatment for marijuana were ordered there by the criminal justice system, Tvert argued, and according to 2006 statistics from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), more than one-third of those in treatment for marijuana hadn’t used the drug in the 30 days prior to admission.


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