New York College Students Fail to Grasp Dangers of Marijuana, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation Survey Reveals
Hazelden Betty Ford - NEW YORK, NY (Feb. 12, 2015) - The nation's leading nonprofit addiction treatment organization surveyed the attitudes of New York college students about marijuana use and found that:
- An overwhelming majority of respondents (77%) believe marijuana ought to be legalized
- About half (50%) believe legalizing marijuana makes it seem safer
- Nearly 41% believe marijuana is not addictive despite studies to the contrary
- Some 35% do not believe marijuana is damaging to the brain
- Over 45% believe marijuana use leads to other drug use
- Over half (50.8%) think legalizing marijuana for recreational use will make it more accessible to minors
- Thirty-nine percent of respondents use marijuana at times, while 28 percent use it regularly (daily or weekly).
- About 60 percent of the students said the "biggest advantage" of using marijuana is that "you don't get a hangover," and they further believe that the effects of marijuana are less harmful than alcohol.
- About one in three users of marijuana report going to class high.
- Students whose parents used marijuana are less likely to understand the harmful effects of the drug.
- 10 times more likely to misuse prescription medicine
- 10 times more likely to use cocaine
- 15 times more likely to use hallucinogens and Ecstasy
- 7 times more likely to use amphetamines
“If you choose to consume, please do so responsibly.”