FACT: The most commonly abused drugs among teens are alcohol, marijuana, and prescription drugs. Repeated use of any drug can lead to addiction, which means the person has trouble controlling their drug use and often cannot stop though they want to.
FACT: 20% of Calvert County students have used marijuana at least 1 time in the past 30 days. (Source, Youth Risk Behavior Survey, 2013)
FACT: Spice is a mix of herbs (shredded plant material) and man-made chemicals with mind-altering effects. It is often called “synthetic marijuana” or “fake week” because some of the chemicals in it are similar to ones in marijuana; but its effects are sometimes very different from marijuana, and frequently much stronger. Spice is most often labeled “Not for Human Consumption” and disguised as incense. Sellers of the drug try to lead people to believe they are “natural” and therefore harmless, but they are neither. In fact, their actual effects can be unpredictable and, in cases severe or cause death.
FACT: Tolerance develops when someone uses a drug regularly, so that their body becomes accustomed to the drug and needs a larger or more frequent dose to continue to experience the same effect.
For more information, please visit Calvert Alliance Against Substance Abuse (CAASA) http://www.co.cal.md.us/index.aspx?NID=90.