Teens often experiment with drugs and alcohol, but many teens go farther and find themselves in the throes of addiction. It may be a surprise to some people, but teens are getting addicted to drugs at a high rate. Cannabis use disorder is just as common as opioid use disorder, according to a new research paper.
Research on Cannabis Addiction
Teens are just as likely to try cannabis as they are opioids. One reason for this statistic is the fact that it is likely easier to find on the street. Over 36 states in the US have legalized medical marijuana, and 21 states have legalized or decriminalized recreational use.
Sadly, a year after trying cannabis, nearly 11% of adolescents in the study met the criteria for opioid use disorder. In the group that used opioids, the number was 11.2%. Almost one in ten kids in the study would qualify …