(Addication Professional, September 15) A study released this week by Caron Treatment Centers finds 26% of parents would be OK with sharing a marijuana joint with their son or daughter if they’re 18 or older.
In general, marijuana was considered less dangerous than alcohol, a view held by 73% of survey respondents between the ages of 18 and 34 and by 53% of survey participants over the age of 65. More recognize the harm associated with alcohol than with marijuana (88% vs. 71% for a negative impact on the brain; 89% vs. 59% for negative impact on health).
Tammy Granger, vice president of education for Caron, says prevention campaigns focusing on alcohol have been effective in changing the public’s views, but similar messaging around marijuana is lacking. Read more.