Marijuana Abuse Resources


Did You Know? More than half of marijuana smokers started between the ages of 12 and 17.

Marijuana is the most common drug used among teenagers—in fact, more young people are using marijuana than tobacco. Research shows underage use of the drug is linked to depression, respiratory problems, irritability, impaired driving, sleep problems, poor school performance, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Recent legalization of marijuana for medical and recreational use has changed the way we think and talk about its use, although the consensus among scientists is that the drug can cause significant harm to underage users. 

Source: The National Survey on Drug Use and Health

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Despite the fact that marijuana is legal in the state of Washington, underage use of the drug can cause permanent damage in the developing brain. Research indicates that teenage marijuana users process memory, emotions, and sleep patterns.

In a word, yes. Like with any other drug, excessive marijuana use can result in dependence, where you feel negative consequences from not taking a drug. People who are dependent on marijuana often report sleep problems, irritability, and changes in mood and appetite when they stop.

It would be very difficult—some say impossible—for you to inhale or ingest a fatal amount of marijuana. However, that doesn't mean you can't overdose. With the increasing prevalence of edibles and the development of ever-stronger strains, marijuana overdose is actually on the rise. People who overdose on marijuana experience extreme anxiety, panic, and disorientation that can result in hospitalization. 

Because salvia also comes from a plant, it is often inaccurately compared to marijuana. However, unlike marijuana, salvia is a hallucinogenic drug that can cause feelings of altered reality, loss of body control, extreme anxiety, and fear. The medical side effects are not fully known, but it is thought to have an effect on the brain, gastrointestinal system, and heart. 


  • Marijuana & Salvia

    National Drug Fact Week presentation on marijuana and salvia

  • Smart Approaches to Marijuana

  • Learn About Marijuana

  • Washington Association for Substance Abuse & Violence Prevention

  • Not My Kid

Drug & Alcohol Treatment in and around Prosser, Washington

If you or someone you know is in need of treatment for drug and/or alcohol abuse, please contact one of the following organizations.

Integrity Support Services, LLC

242 Division Street
Grandview, WA. 98930
(509) 882-8012

Valley Vista Medical Group

820 Memorial Street, Suite 1
Prosser, WA 99350
(509) 786-2010

Central Washington Comprehensive MH Sunnyside Center

1319 Saul Road
Sunnyside, WA 98944
(509) 837-2089

Merit Resource

702 Franklin Avenue
Sunnyside, WA. 98944
(509) 837-7700

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