Adolescents are vulnerable—and it’s not just a mindset; scientists are becoming aware that they’re hard-wired in such a way so as to be particularly vulnerable to weed! Dope dealers began to ‘use’ this weakness, long ago!
Now though, as the scientific community has recently begun to consistently connect the dots, we can attribute (even more-so) the fact that adolescents often opt for and make life changing, risky choices.
There’s a new component; it’s not just that they all-too-often think and act as if they’re invulnerable.
Now we can make a more educated statement that … they make these risky choices, because their brains aren’t fully developed.
Though teens are sure to take that as an insult, the fact remains an adolescent’s inherent view — thinking they know more than their elders – is partially initiated by and surely perpetuated by, our media and educational system’s pointing out that, as a society, we’re deep into the age of technology and information!
“Thus, the part of the brain that censors dumb or dangerous behavior, is last to come on line (generally not before the mid-20s).
Meanwhile though, the brain’s pleasure-seeking structures are up and running strong by puberty.
When you link adolescent pleasure-seeking and risk-taking to marijuana’s impairment of perception and judgment, it isn’t surprising that a 2004 study of seriously injured drivers in Maryland, … found half the teens, it turned out, … tested positive for pot.” *
A good friend has known for decades of my involvement in Drug Watch International. As a professional tradesman, I served him – in his home and his businesses.
His son, I suspected when in their home, was using pot.
Most likely the parent’s knew; if so, I’m sure they looked the other way, … until it was too late to avoid a tragedy.
I must admit, not having any proof, so did I.
Bored, he and a pot-smoking buddy, got loaded and took a ride into the mountains. The end result was a head-on collision with a pickup — he killed the parents of 10 children.
I requested the police report, and read it thoroughly, … several times. It wasn’t something i could easily ‘let go of.’
We, as a society, when we “look the other way” are doing a disservice to those who forever-carry the heavy burdens of their actions … or their inactions. That’s especially true now with the increased THC content! (google it)
Jean Paul, his wife and his son went through the processes. Their grieving son got probation …
Their victim’s children, didn’t.
My above article was stimulated by a Wall Street Journal article by Dr. Rosenthal*; who is a child psychiatrist and the founder of the nonprofit substance-abuse treatment and prevention organization Phoenix House. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304617404579305090110567998#printMode